Atletico Madrid missed out on the opportunity to prove that their recent run is more than a fortunate turn of events, by losing 4-1 away at Barcelona. It is now time for Malaga to prove its worth against Real Madrid and this time they have the advantage of playing in front of their fans, against a depleted team.

Match: Malaga vs Real Madrid

Bet: Malaga 1X

Odds: Bet365 2.00

Malaga tries to prove that with sufficient funding any team can achieve a Champions League berth and even compete for the title. Although it might be a bit too late for them to threaten the Primera Division crown, they are well-positioned for making a run for the most prestigious European championship. They won’t have too many players missing tonight, but the most important absentee is captain Weligton who received his fifth yellow card this season.

Toulalan and Baptista are injured and won’t play tonight, but even so the hosts have a good chance of earning at least a point against Real Madrid. The visitors are in turmoil and with a gap of 13 points separating them from the archrivals, the fans are growing restless. Mourinho has no intention to linger here for too long and the expensive players that make up Real’s starting formation are hard pressed to come up with results. Losing tonight will only aggravate matters, but added pressure doesn’t help either.

BetPal Tip:

For a punter who places the emphasis on statistics and results, this might seem like a lopsided fixture with Real Madrid the overwhelming favorites. These teams met 24 times and Malaga didn’t win even once, but this is arguably the best team they’ve ever had. Be confident in the hosts’ ability of elevating their game against better opponents and take Bet365’s offer of 2.00 odds for a double chance bet.