Malaga – Atletico Mdrid
Malaga hosts Atletico Madrid in a match from the 23rd round of the Spanish La Liga.
It’s a pretty rough season for Malaga. The Andalusians are at the last 20th place in La Liga, having won just 13 points since the start of the season. They are very close to relegation to Segunda Division, except if they don’t make some kind of an incredible run until the end of the season.
Right now Malaga is 7 points behind the 17th Levante, which is a serious distance from the safe zone. The team’s record this season is very poor – 3 wins, 4 draws and 15 losses. In their last five matches, Malaga won just two points – during the draws with Eibar and Girona.
Now the Andalusians will have another difficult job against Atletico Madrid – one of the best teams in the country.
Atletico is currently 2nd in La Liga’s standings, being only behind the leader Barcelona. Atletico has won 49 points since the start of the season. Their record is 14 wins, 7 draws and just one loss. They are 9 points behind the leader Barca, but at the same time, they have 9 points advantage in front of the 3rd Valencia.
In their last five matches, Atletico Madrid won four times and made only one wrong step – during the draw with Girona at home, which was a really surprising result. In their last game, Atletico enjoyed a 1-0 win over Valencia.
We have a clash between one of the weakest and one of the best teams in the country. Malaga has the advantage to play at home, but everything else is on Atletico Madrid’s side. Diego Simeone’s team might not be good enough to challenge Barcelona for the title, but what Atletico could do is secure the second spot.