Bet9ja Preview: Malaga v Barcelona: Expect the Catalans to secure victory in Andalusia

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Ernesto Valverde’s side still remain in command of the Spanish top-flight and should have no trouble when they travel south this weekend

It’s last versus first as Malaga and Barcelona lock horns at the Rosaleda in the Primera Division on Saturday night.

Time isn’t really on Los Boquerones side. Last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Leganes sees them remain rooted to the bottom of the log with 13 points, seven points from safety with 11 games to go.

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They’ll need to start getting results if they are to avoid life in the Segunda Division next season. However, coming up against the best team in Spain this season means there’s little chance for them which explains why they are clear underdogs with Bet9ja at odds of (11.00).

The Blaugrana claimed a narrow 1-0 win over second-placed Atletico Madrid last week to extend their lead at the top to seven points.

Ernesto Valverde is likely to rest key players with a crunch game against Chelsea to come in the Champions League next week. They however still remain poised to claim all three points in Andalusia at odds of (1.28).

A draw which is unlikely is priced at (5.60) with the same firm.

Malaga might have claimed a 2-0 victory against Barcelona in 2017 but that has been their only victory against them in 34 league games, losing 28 and drawing six. The Catalan giants are thus (1.03) to avoid defeat.

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Jose Gonzalez’s men have lost their last six home games. Barca to win to nil is offered at (1.97).

The Andalusians have failed to win their last 12 Spanish top-flight games, drawing two and losing 10. With their visitors having the edge, they can be backed at (2.63) to win both halves.

Only one of Barcelona’s last five league games has seen more than three goals. Considering that they have an eye on their European tie against Chelsea, seeing under 3.5 goals surface at the Rosaleda is valued at (1.46) with Bet9ja