Last weekend’s draw with Atlético Madrid was the first time this season the Blaugrana dropped points in the league, and their gap over title rivals Real Madrid is now at five points. Keeping this big lead until their meeting in December is crucial, so every win matters for Barça.
Against Málaga, a win should be the normal result. Málaga are in last place with only one point from their first eight matches, and the Albicelestes have the worst defense in the league as well. Even though they’ve made things tough for Barça in recent times, losing just two of the last six meetings, this is a team low on confidence and looking like a lock for relegation.
But a win against a team like Barcelona is all it takes for Málaga to start a run of good results, so they’ll definitely approach this game with nothing to lose. And that makes them dangerous.
When you have Lionel Messi, however, you can win every game, and Barça have Messi in amazing form at the moment. It’s a must-win for Barça and it’s a chance to see Messi again. So yeah, it’s a must-watch for you too. Don’t miss it.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:45pm local time, 7:45pm (UK & Nigeria), 2:45pm ET, 11:45am PT (USA), 12:15am IST (India, Sunday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)
Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
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Málaga starting XI: