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  • May 7, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 45000
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La Liga preview: Atletico Madrid v Malaga

La Liga preview: Atletico Madrid v Malaga

A high stakes match for very different reasons between 2 sides in great form. Pellegrini's charges seek safety as they visit Atletico who are looking to cement a Europa league spot


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Atletico de Madrid (4-4-2): De Gea; Ujfalusi, Godín, Perea, Filipe; Mario Suarez, Tiago, Koke, Reyes; Diego Costa, Aguero

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid had an injury scare when their new found good luck charm Diego Costa was a doubt. However, Quique Sanchez Flores conformed that the striker is fit and will be 100% available. 

Malaga (4-4-2):
Caballero; Robson,Demichelis,Apono,Eliseu; Manolo,Sebastian Fernandez, Duda, Recio; Rondon, Baptista
Malaga

Pellegrini called up all the members of the first team other than the central Javier Malagueño (who recently underwent surgery for a cartilage injury in his right leg that will rule him out for three months), along with canteranos Portillo, Recio and Juanmi. To keep up the show of unity he has even called up Brazilian Weligton, who travels to Madrid, but may not participate in the match through suspension for accumulation of yellows.




DID YOU KNOW?

  • Atletico Madrid have lost just one match in their last 10 games and have picked up 19 points out of a possible 30.
  • Sergio “Kun” Aguero has been a vital part of this streak as he has scored in seven consecutive games for “the mattress makers” and has taken his tally to 17 goals this season.
  • The matches between these two sides are traditionally high scoring games with 27 goals coming in their last 10 encounters.
  • “Los Colchoneros” have found the back of the net in their last 12 consecutive games.
  • Malaga were once prime candidates for relegation, with the low point of the season coming with a 1-0 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Osasuna after a demoralizing 7-0 loss to Real Madrid.
  • However, now Pellegrini’s men are also on streak of sorts with only one defeat in seven games and 16 points out of last 21.
  • A huge part of this streak has been due to the return of “The Beast” Julio Baptista who has scored five goals in their last three games.
  • Relatively modest Malaga have done fairly well against their more illustrious neighbours having won four encounters out of the last 10 and drawing once.

Players to watch

S. Agüero

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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There is only one man to watch out for when the teams face the current Atletico: Sergio Aguero. An unprecedented scoring streak of seven consecutive seems likely to extended further as he faces the leaky defense of Malaga. Look out for a goal or two from the in-form striker.

Júlio Baptista

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The roar of “The Beast” Julio Baptista can be heard loud and clear as he takes on the Spanish defenses once more. With five goals in three matches, he has the La Liga defenses trembling once more. Atletico will need to keep a very very close eye on him so that they can keep quiet.

 

Editor's Prediction

The matches between these two sides have been always high scoring games and this seems to be another one of them. Two of the leakiest defenses and the most of attacking teams face each other and it should be a case whose firepower prevails over the other. Given the fact that Atletico are at home and certainly the fact that their flair exceeds that of Malaga, a high scoring victory seems to be a likely outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Atlético Madrid

Málaga

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético Madrid
Draw
Málaga CF MAL
Málaga CF Málaga
71%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
2 - 0
Málaga CF MAL
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
3 - 0
Málaga CF MAL
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
5 - 5
Málaga CF MAL

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