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

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.

  • 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.
  • Los Boquerones have lost seven of their last eight encounters against Madrid at the Bernabeu.
  • Javier Saviola (pictured, right) made 28 appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009, scoring five goals.