Malaga v Barcelona Betting: Struggling hosts unlikely to frustrate the Catalans once more

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Following an excellent win in midweek, we are backing Luis Enrique's team to get among the goals when they visit a side with a poor home record

Barcelona head to the Costa Del Sol for a fixture which has caused them problems in the past.

While Malaga have had an unremarkable last couple of seasons in La Liga, the Andalusians have been able to consistently frustrate the Blaugrana and Barca's record of two wins from their last five meetings with Malaga underlines that fact.

Their most recent meeting at the Camp Nou in November saw Malaga earn a 0-0 draw, while in 2015 they won 1-0 in Barcelona. Indeed, Sunday's hosts are the only side to have kept a clean sheet at the Camp Nou in any competition for nearly three years and their league meeting back in November was the last time the Catalans failed to score in the Spanish top flight.

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Nevertheless, Barcelona are clear favorites for the game at La Rosaleda and Luis Enrique's men travel to the south of the country off the back of an extremely impressive 3-0 win against Sevilla on Wednesday.

Betfair offer Barca at 9/25 (1.36) for the win while Malaga can be backed at 17/2 (9.50) and the draw is priced at 4/1 (5.00).

Punters who like the look of backing Barcelona but want a bigger price can take a huge 5/1 (6.0) on the away win with Betfair when opening a new account. Simply register here, back the visitors are the usual odds shown on site and if they win, the returns will be topped up to the enhanced value. Winnings paid in free bets. T&C's apply.

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After five defeats in the last six home matches, Malaga's midweek win at Sporting Gijon was a welcome relief with the victory moving them eight points clear of the relegation zone and probably confirming their top flight status for another season. The Andalusians' record at La Rosaleda since November has been pretty miserable with Los Boquerones losing five, drawing one and winning just one of their last seven home league games.

Only three sides have conceded more goals at home than Malaga and while Barcelona may rest a couple of players ahead of their Champions League trip to Turin on Tuesday, the Catalans should be too strong for their hosts.

The visitors can be backed at 19/20 (1.95) to be ahead at half time/full time, while the price of 23/20 (2.15) for them to score over 2.5 goals should definitely hold some appeal. Barcelona have scored at least three goals on four of their five visits to the sides below Malaga in the table and while in the past the hosts have been able to frustrate the Blaugrana, things on Saturday night should be more straight forward. 

Barcelona to score over 2.5 goals at 23/20 (2.15) for a 1.5pt stake with Betfair Sportsbook

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