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La Liga Betting: Malaga vs Atletico Madrid

La Liga Betting: Malaga vs Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid look to continue their scintillating form from the first half of the season as they visit Malaga where a win would take them ahead of Barcelona for top spot.

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Atletico Madrid were the biggest surprise across Europe during the first half of the season. They brought an entertaining style of soccer to everyone they faced and sit tied for top spot in Spain with an outstanding 15-1-1 record to show for it thus far, topped off with an amazing +35 goal difference.

They are listed as heavy favourites by bookies worldwide for today's match and William Hill has them set for a win on Saturday at odds of 1.53 in the outright sector.

They have the best defence in Spain with only 11 goals conceded with an even better percentage coming on the road with five of those goals coming from eight away games. They are 6-1-1 while on the road, have won four straight league games, and are unbeaten in their last four games against Malaga.

For more value consider taking a special that sees Diego Costa scoring coupled with an Atletico win which is at 2.25. Costa leads La Liga in goals scored with 19 strikes from 16 games.

The draw is being offered by the same betting firm at 3.75, which is not bad value at all. The last two games between these teams when playing in Malaga both resulted in 0-0 bore draws. For that score to hit again today the odds are at a large 11.00. Atletico are without Raul Garcia and captain Gabi and Malaga are a conservative bunch so it may not be as far-fetched as some would believe.

Malaga sit in 10th spot in the table and are an even 4-4 at home so far. They are riding a two game winning streak but both came against teams in the bottom half of the table that don't resemble the quality that Atletico have. For the upset to happen they are being issued at 7.00.

David Villa to score at 2.00 is also attractive knowing that he will be paired up front with Costa due to Raul Garcia's absence. Villa has eight goals this year -- almost a goal every other game -- which is good enough for sixth in the league.

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