Atletico Madrid-Malaga betting preview
Atletico Madrid can eliminate Real Madrid from the La Liga title race if they can win this match. What more, if Barcelona commit yet another self-destruction against Elche, as they tend to do these days against lower-ranked teams, a win could even help Atletico to clinch the crown too. That will be great for the team, as they can rest some of their key players in the final day’s game against Barcelona, so that they can field a rejuvenated side against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.
Malaga are safely away from relegation, even though they have not theoretically escaped from the danger zone. They are 13th in the league, five points away from the relegation zone. With two matches remaining, they could still fall into the chopping block if they lose both their remaining games.
Malaga’s last four visits to the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid have offered them mixed results: two wins and two losses. This year, Atletico has not lost a match at home – the only team in the league to have done so.
The loss against Levante could have marred their title ambitions; but both Real Madrid and Barcelona failed to exploit the window of opportunity.
A big blow for Atletico is Diego Costa’s fitness. He is a doubtful starter. It is time David Villa, Raúl García and Koke stepped up their game.
Atletico will not allow this chance to let go unlike they did last week. The team has been formidable at home. Malaga will hope that the pressure of title race and season-end fatigue would affect the league leaders.
Atletico Madrid-Malaga Prediction
Under 2.5 goals 2.20 @ Bet365.com
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