Real Madrid-Malaga Preview: Mourinho's side aim to prolong title race
Los Merengues will hope to make Barcelona wait at least until the weekend before they are officially crowned the Spanish Primera Division champions for the 22nd time
By Karthick Arvinth
Raul Albiol is available for Real Madrid's Liga clash against Malaga on Wednesday after completing a one-match ban.
Fellow defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Sergio Ramos (hamstring) and Marcelo (muscle tear) are all out injured, while Pepe has been left out of the squad after criticising coach Jose Mourinho earlier in the week.
Malaga captain Weligton is suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season in Saturday's defeat at Granada.
Defender Jesus Gamez and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan remain sidelined for the Andalusian club, who have no other injury concerns.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid are on an eight-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
- Should the Castilian giants fail to beat Malaga, Barcelona will become Primera Division champions for the fourth time in five seasons.
- Saturday's 4-3 win over Real Valladolid was Jose Mourinho's 85th Liga victory as Madrid boss. Only Leo Beenhakker (89) and Miguel Munoz (257) have overseen more Liga wins at the Bernabeu club.
- Malaga are on a four-match losing run away from home across all competitions.
- Javier Saviola (pictured, right) made 28 appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009, scoring five goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid CF 3-1 Malaga
- 16.34 %
Real Madrid CF 3-0 Malaga
- 8.01 %
Real Madrid CF 4-1 Malaga
- 6.11 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 19, 2013||Real Madrid CF 2 - Malaga 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 9, 2013||Real Madrid CF 6 - Malaga 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 23, 2012||Malaga 3 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 19, 2012||Real Madrid CF 1 - Malaga 1|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 11, 2012||Malaga 0 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Real Madrid CF|
|Dec 11, 2013||FC Copenhagen 0 - Real Madrid CF 2||UCL|
|Dec 8, 2013||CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0 - Real Madrid CF 0||ESPC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|Nov 28, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Galatasaray 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||UD Almería 0 - Real Madrid CF 5||LIGA|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|9||Roque Santa Cruz||Striker|
|21||Sebastián Fernández Miglierina||Striker|
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