A 12th successive victory, and a place at the top of La Liga; that's what at stake for FC Barcelona this afternoon as they prepare to host Malaga CF to the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana will be keen to avenge their goalless draw with the Andalusians in this season's corresponding fixture and based on recent form, are clear favourites to register another emphatic win. Alas, Barça entered the match at La Rosaleda with a similar confidence and were ultimately frustrated and denied.
Still, since that time it's unquestionable that Barcelona have improved considerably. The introduction of Luis Suarez didn't bear fruit immediately, but now that the Uruguayan has settled into the side we are beginning to reap the rewards. His spectacular bicycle kick off the bench against Levante UD stole the headlines last weekend, but it's the all-round impact his presence has had that has been the difference-maker, rather than the goals he has scored.
Even then, Suarez' output is improving with each passing week -- and just at the right time. FC Barcelona will return to UEFA Champions League action in midweek and need all their best players to be firing on all cylinders if they have designs on a place in the final in Berlin in under four months' time.
Likewise, they need to keep this momentum going if they want to regain control at the top of La Liga. A win this afternoon would send the Blaugrana into first place, at least until Real Madrid play tomorrow against Elche CF. Will we be able to put them under pressure with a win? Predict the score of tonight's match by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!