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Barcelona v Malaga: visitors poised to face Barca wrath

| 02.05.2012

Barcelona’s miserable few weeks came to an emphatic end with their 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecanoat the weekend – and they should continue their free-scoring ways in this clash with Malaga.

Following their La Liga defeat against Real Madrid and their Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea, Barca now only have pride to play for.

However, with boss Pep Guardiola quitting the Nou Camp at the end of the season, his protégés will be keen to send him off on a high…

Match odds

Barcelona are the massive 2/9 favourites to win this game and it’s difficult to see beyond anything other than a convincing win for the home side.

Despite their recent slip-ups against Chelsea and Real Madrid, Barca remain the benchmark in footballing terms and have a brilliant recent record against Malaga.

They haven’t lost against them since 2003 and their previous three encounters have seen at least three goals separate them.

If you can see a shock though, then Malaga – who won their last game 1-0 against Valencia – can be backed at 19/2 to pick up three points against Barca.

Goal markets

Each of the last three meetings between these teams has seen at least four goals scored, while just one of the previous seven has had under three strikes in the 90 minutes.

If you fancy playing things a bit safe then over 2.5 goals can be backed at 2/7, while over 3.5 goals looks a more tempting proposition at 8/11.

Meanwhile, each of the previous four games between these sides has seen both teams find the net and the same outcome in this game is a very tempting 4/6.



Richard Anderson