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La Liga Preview: Malaga v Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone makes his managerial debut at the big-spending Andalusian side on Saturday, as La Liga swings back into action after the winter break
By Karthick Arvinth
Sanchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal
Cazorla, Fernandez, Isco
Perea, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Salvio, Diego, Turan
Portuguese midfielder Tiago could make a return to the Atletico Madrid starting line-up as Diego Simeone looks to kick off his reign at the capital club with a positive result.
Koke and Eduardo Salvio are also in contention for starting berths, while Luis Perea is set to make a return at right-back. The Argentine coach will be without Jose Antonio Reyes after sanctioning his move to Sevilla in a €3.5 million deal on Thursday.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury concerns and could field the same team that narrowly lost the midweek Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid.
Long-term injury absentee Julio Baptista remains out of the first team picture, while Spanish winger Joaquin misses out with a muscle tear. Defensive duo Helder Rosario and Kris Stadsgaard sit out with calf injuries.
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- Malaga are on a three-game winless streak in all competitions.
- Santi Cazorla (pictured) is Malaga's top scorer this season with four goals.
- The Andalusian club have a sizeable British following due to the large number of British expatriates residing on the Costa del Sol.
- Atletico Madrid have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions.
- Colombian ace Radamel Falcao is the capital club's leading scorer this season with nine goals.
- Diego Simeone, who began his coaching career in 2006, is in his seventh managerial job at Atletico Madrid.
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Top 3 Predictions
Malaga 2-1 Atletico Madrid
- 15.13 %
Malaga 2-0 Atletico Madrid
- 14.54 %
Malaga 1-2 Atletico Madrid
- 9.79 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 3, 2013||Malaga 0 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 7, 2012||Atletico Madrid 2 - Malaga 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 5, 2012||Atletico Madrid 2 - Malaga 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 7, 2012||Malaga 0 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 7, 2011||Atletico Madrid 0 - Malaga 3|
|May 12, 2013||Malaga 0 - Sevilla 0||LIGA|
|May 8, 2013||Real Madrid CF 6 - Malaga 2||LIGA|
|May 4, 2013||Granada 1 - Malaga 0||LIGA|
|Apr 28, 2013||Malaga 2 - Getafe 1||LIGA|
|Apr 20, 2013||Valencia CF 5 - Malaga 1||LIGA|
|Returns:||Malaga £95.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £34.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Atl. Madrid £110.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|25||Rubén Martínez Andrade||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ruud Van Nistelrooy||Striker|
|2||Diego Godín Leal||Defender|
The versatile Spaniard is Malaga's leading scorer this season and his playmaking skills will be key for the Andalusian club's Champions League aspirations.
Atletico's record signing has made an immediate impression in his first season in Spanish football. A threat in the air and on the deck, Falcao will be looking to add to his goal tally and put Atletico on track towards European qualification.
It is Diego Simeone's first game in the Atletico dugout and the new coach syndrome may well have the desired effect on Saturday. Add to this the fact that Atletico are the fresher team and they should have enough to hold their affluent hosts.
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