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UEFA Champions League

  • October 3, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Bruxelles (Brussel)
  • Referee: V. Kassai
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Champions League Preview: Anderlecht - Malaga

Champions League Preview: Anderlecht - Malaga

Javier Saviola convirtió el segundo tanto en la victoria del Málaga / Getty

The hosts have not won a group-stage game in Brussels since 2003, and face an onerous task in trying to end that ignominious run against one of the form sides in La Liga

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ANDERLECHT

Buffon
 Gillet, Wasilewski, Nuytinck, Deschacht
 Biglia, Kouyate, Kljestan
 Kanu

Mbokani, Jovanovic
MALAGA

Caballero
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal
Portillo, Camacho, Eliseu
Joaquin, Isco
Saviola


Anderlecht is buoyed by the availability of Milan Jovanovic for Wednesday night's Champions League Group C clash with Malaga.

The former Liverpool forward missed the opening round draw with AC Milan at San Siro through suspension but he is expected to start in attack at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium alongside Dieumerci Mbokani, with teenage striker Massimo Bruno set to drop to the bench.

Jovanovic's recall aside, it should be a case of as you were for John van den Brom's side, as it looks to end a run of nine home games without a win in the group stages of the Champions League.

In-form Malaga, meanwhile, has arrived in Brussels without attacker Julio Baptista and midfield duo Diego Buonanotte and Jeremy Toulalan due to injury, but 16-year-old striker Fabrice, who recently became La Liga's youngest ever goalscorer, has been omitted from the traveling party.

However, coach Manuel Pellegrini, who led Villarreal to the semifinals of the 2005-06 Champions League, has no fresh injury concerns and is therefore likely to once again start with Javier Saviola up front, with Isco and Joaquin in support, with the trio having run riot in Malaga's sensational 3-0 win over Zenit last time out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Anderlecht has not won a home game in the group stages of the Champions League since edging out Lyon 1-0 all the way back in November 2003.
  • On the plus side, the Belgians have won eight of their previous 11 European clashes with Spanish sides in Brussels.
  • However, the 1983 UEFA Cup winners have lost three of their last four home games against Primera Division outfits.
  • Malaga encountered Belgian opposition during its only previous European campaign, the Spaniards defeating Gent 4-1 on aggregate in its Intertoto Cup third-round clash during the summer of 2002.
  • The United States national has representatives on both sides, with Sacha Kljestan featuring for Anderlecht while Oguchi Onyewu is on Malaga's roster.

  • Javier Saviola has lined out against Belgium opposition once before, during his Barcelona days. The Argentine striker was on target in a 3-2 group-stage win over Club Brugge in 2002.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Anderlecht

Málaga

Wins
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Draw
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Málaga Club de Fútbol Málaga
19%
68%

Top 3 Predictions

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0 - 2
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