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Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides expects only one side to score on Saturday evening when Los Blancos travel to an inconsistent Malaga side

Before next week's potentially season-defining Clasico, Real Madrid travel to the Costa del Sol to take on a Malaga side who have been in exceptionally unpredictable form.

Following five games without a win, Malaga duly claimed a 2-0 victory at Osasuna on Monday night, a place where neither Madrid, Atletico nor Barcelona have returned from with three points this season.

The result has put Malaga in mid-table, but things are so tight at the bottom that a defeat could see them back in the relegation zone.

Madrid for their part are looking ominous, with their relentless run of 29 games unbeaten helping them overcome a six-point deficit to sit top of the table, three points clear. William Hill price a home win at 10/1 (11.00) while Carlo Ancelotti's side are offered at 1/4 (1.25). A draw is available at 5/1 (6.00) with the same firm.

Recently Madrid have been hugely effective in overcoming sides with minimal fuss. They look in control and that stems from a defensive solidity which has flourished over the last few months, with the side conceding just six goals in the 17 matches they have played so far this year.

Both teams to score does not particularly appeal based on Los Blancos improving backline and backing against it at 10/11 (1.91) looks like a good bet. Because we fully expect Madrid to score we are essentially backing against Malaga finding the back of the net and they have been far from prolific this season.

Madrid have the best defence of any team in 2014 and have kept clean sheets in three of their last four games, with this selection paying out in seven of their last 10 league games.

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Both teams to score "No" at 10/11 (1.91) 2.5pt stake with William Hill

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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