After a disappointing midweek loss to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League, Marcelo Bielsa's men return home, looking to take down their ambitious rivals who have struggled away
Iraola, San Jose, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Iturraspe, De Marcos
Susaeta, Ander, Muniain
Sanchez, Weligton, Mathijsen, Monreal
Fernandez, Isco, Eliseu
Marcelo Bielsa's side enter the contest without Javi Martinez, who will be serving a suspension. In his place, Mikel San Jose looks to get the start.
After a tough loss on Thursday against Lokomotiv Moscow, the Argentine coach may opt to rest a few players, but a full-strength side is likelier as the visitors are one of Athletic's main rivals for a higher-placed finish in the league.
For Manuel Pellegrini, Martin Demichelis is suspended while Julio Baptista and Joaquin are still recovering, the latter perhaps being fit in time for the match.
In place of the Argentine defender will likely be Weligton, who will face the tough task of containing the dangerous home attack.
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- Athletic Bilbao, who currently sit in ninth place in the league with 30 points, have 34 goals this term, the fourth-highest tally in La Liga.
- Entering the match, the home side have lost consecutive games, marking the first time they have done so since September 2011.
- Bielsa's club will look to avenge a 1-0 defeat to Sunday's opponents suffered in that blip earlier in the season.
- Malaga sit in seventh place in the league with 31 points despite having a negative goal differential of four.
- While finding success at home, the team have been close to horrific on the road in league play, earning only eight points from two wins and two draws in 11 contests.
- The club's last away win in the league was in November against Racing Santander.