Tomorrow the La Liga restarts for FC Barcelona with kickoff for matchday 12. This time Málaga CF visit the Camp Nou and it’s the first match since the last international break in 2016. The match kicks off at 4.15pm CET. Though Barcelona are huge favorites; don’t underrate Malaga. They always come prepared for a tough played match.
Barcelona are looking to put pressure on the two Madrid teams with a win. They will clash in El Derbi madrileño tomorrow at 8.45pm CET at Estadio Vicente Calderón. The team will look to continue their recent La Liga form and stretch their four match win streak.
Malaga are placed somewhat typically mid-table, though they certainly are looking up, only two points behind seventh place, Ath. Bilbao. It will be interesting to watch former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez, as he has been on fire so far this season with four goals in the last five matches. He has five in total so far.
Barcelona last match:
Starting XI: ter Stegen – Digne, Umtiti, Mascherano, Roberto –Rakitic (Gomes 73′), Busquets, Suarez (Rafinha 86′) – Neymar, Suarez, Messi
Result: 2-1 win against Sevilla, goal by Messi (43′) and Suarez (61’)
Barcelona last 5 matches: W-L-W-W-W
Malaga last match:
Starting XI: Kameni – Rosales, Torres, Villanueva (Duda), Carlos – Camacho, Fornals – Castro, Juanpi (Ontiveros), Jony (Santos) – Ramirez.
Result: 3-2 win against Gijon
Malaga last 5 matches: W-L-W-D-W
Barcelona will miss Luis Suarez due to a suspension. Umtiti is suffering form the muscle injury he obtained during his stay with the French national team. Iniesta most likely will not play, as Luis Enrique doesn’t want to pressure him. Other than these, expect Alba, Pique and Roberto to rejoin the team this weekend.
Malaga will also miss key player Ignacio Camacho due to a suspension. Keko, Kuzmanovic, Recio and Weligton are all injured and will not play. Diego Llorente might return from injury, as he has been featured in the squad.
A (hopefully comfortable) 2-0 win for Barça.