Real Madrid-Malaga Preview: Mourinho's side aim to prolong title race
Los Merengues will hope to make Barcelona wait at least until the weekend before they are officially crowned the Spanish Primera Division champions for the 22nd time
By Karthick Arvinth
Raul Albiol is available for Real Madrid's Liga clash against Malaga on Wednesday after completing a one-match ban.
Fellow defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Sergio Ramos (hamstring) and Marcelo (muscle tear) are all out injured, while Pepe has been left out of the squad after criticising coach Jose Mourinho earlier in the week.
Malaga captain Weligton is suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season in Saturday's defeat at Granada.
Defender Jesus Gamez and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan remain sidelined for the Andalusian club, who have no other injury concerns.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid are on an eight-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
- Should the Castilian giants fail to beat Malaga, Barcelona will become Primera Division champions for the fourth time in five seasons.
- Saturday's 4-3 win over Real Valladolid was Jose Mourinho's 85th Liga victory as Madrid boss. Only Leo Beenhakker (89) and Miguel Munoz (257) have overseen more Liga wins at the Bernabeu club.
- Malaga are on a four-match losing run away from home across all competitions.
- Javier Saviola (pictured, right) made 28 appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009, scoring five goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-1 Málaga
- 16.34 %
Real Madrid 3-0 Málaga
- 8.01 %
Real Madrid 4-1 Málaga
- 6.11 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||15 Mar 2014||Málaga 0 - Real Madrid 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||19 Oct 2013||Real Madrid 2 - Málaga 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||8 May 2013||Real Madrid 6 - Málaga 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||22 Dec 2012||Málaga 3 - Real Madrid 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||18 Mar 2012||Real Madrid 1 - Málaga 1|
|16 Apr 2014||Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 2||ESPC|
|12 Apr 2014||Real Madrid 4 - UD Almería 0||LIGA|
|8 Apr 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Real Sociedad 0 - Real Madrid 4||LIGA|
|2 Apr 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||UCL|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|9||Roque Santa Cruz||Striker|
|21||Sebastián Fernández Miglierina||Striker|
The Portugal forward headed in two goals against Real Valladolid on Saturday to take his tally for the season to 53. Ronaldo will be out to extend his scoring record and move closer to equalling his 60-goal haul in the 2011-12 campaign.
The highly-rated 21-year-old has been one of the star performers in La Liga this season and was rewarded for some impressive displays with his first senior cap for Spain in February. Isco will hope to maintain his form heading into the Uefa European Under-21 Championship in Israel in June.
Madrid will be glad to get back to football as the public spat between Mourinho and some of his senior playing staff rumbles on in the background. The home side will hope to continue racking up the wins in the run up to the Copa del Rey final and should possess enough quality to avenge the 3-2 defeat to Malaga in the reverse fixture in December.
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