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Málaga vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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The leaders travel to the worst team in the league looking for a good win before facing Chelsea

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Málaga (20th, 13pts) vs Barcelona (1st, 69pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 28

Barcelona injuries: Nélson Semedo, Andrés Iniesta, Denis Suarez (out)

Málaga injuries: Juan Carlos Pérez, Adalberto Peñaranda (out), Adrián González, Recio (doubtful)

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm BST (UK), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 1.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain

Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), Movistar Partidazo (Spain), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


After a good week of rest for the superstars and a good 120 minutes of Catalan Super Cup action for reserves and Barça B youngsters, Barcelona are back in La Liga action looking to carry the momentum for their huge victory against Atlético Madrid and continue the march to the title.

The next stop on the tour is away to Málaga, and on paper this should be really easy. Málaga are quite literally the worst team in the league and will surely be relegated, unless they get a big result against, say, Barcelona and start a great escape. That probably won’t happen, though, and Barça really should use this game as a way to build their confidence ahead of Wednesday’s giant Champions League clash with Chelsea.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Alcácer, Suárez

Málaga (4-4-2): Jiménez; Rosales, Hernández, Miquel, Ricca; Rolán, Lacen, Iturra, Castro; Youssef, Ideye


PREDICTION

There’s just no way we’ll lose to what is literally the worst team in Spain, right? Right?! Right?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?!

Yeah, right. 3-0 Barça.