Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Played 3, Scored 0, But Barca's MSN Can Finally Get One Over On Malaga


Malaga - Barcelona - Saturday 15.00 GMT

Lionel Messi, Neymar & Luis Suarez have scored a total of 189 goals between them since joining forces only last October when Suarez completed his lengthy ban. It is an incredible amount of goals in such a short space of time.

What is fascinating is that none of them have come against Malaga in the last three La Liga games played between these two teams. Last season Barcelona failed to score at all against the team from La Rosaleda. Javi Gracia's team managed a goalless home draw and pulled off a 1-0 away win at the Nou Camp, a result made of stirring stuff from the Andalucians.

On matchday 2 this season at the Nou Camp Barcelona prevailed 1-0 with a 73rd minute goal from Thomas Vermaelen. As you can see Malaga have some sort of idea of how to frustrate Barcelona, and I expect that theme to continue again this weekend.

Malaga will play with a narrow back four, wide midfield players will almost be asked to defend as full backs and Recio and Camacho will work like dogs in central midfield. Kameni will still be busy in goal! 

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Scoring a goal might be an issue but that hasn't stopped Malaga climbing the table recently after a real upturn in form since Camacho returned from injury.

Malaga are in 12th place, eight points clear of relegation but after 20 games they have only scored 15 goals. Here's the other "but" though, they have only conceded 17. Statistically they have fourth best defensive record in the league behind Atletico (8), Barca (15) and Villarreal (16). Real Madrid incidentally have conceded two more than Malaga! 

I don't believe on this occasion that Malaga can beat Barca but I do expect a tough tight game for Luis Enrique's side.

I'm going for a narrow 1-0 win for the away team, and will it finally be one of the front three with the goal? Very probably. 

Terry’s Tip

Barcelona to win 1-0 – 9.00