Real Madrid vs Málaga, La Liga 2017/18 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs Prediction
Real Madrid are back in La Liga action on Sunday when they travel to Estadio La Rosaleda to face off against Málaga. Real are coming off their advancement into the Champions League semi-final after defeating Juventus in the aggregate 4-3 on Wednesday. With Bayern Munich about a week and a half away, Real will have some rest before they have another huge match in the Champions League.
Coming off such a tough battle with Juventus, Real have the luxury of playing the worst team record-wise in La Liga this season. Málaga is 20th in the league table with just 17 points on the season, 3 points behind Las Palmas.
Real find themselves on the opposite side of the spectrum where they are currently 4th in La Liga, just a point behind Valencia and 4 behind Atlético. Real really have nothing left to do in the league besides maintaining a top 4 spot, which they should do as they are 12 points up on 5th place Real Betis with about 7 matches left to play. This is a match Real will likely not start many of their starters, but should walk away with a win.
Real have no suspensions for this match. Nacho is still out with injury. Modric and Carvajal are back in training with the squad, but neither should feature with the Bayern Munich match just over a week away.
Málaga will be without Luis Hernandez due to suspension. Diego Rolan and Ignasi Miquel are also questionable.
Casilla; Achraf, Varane, Ramos, Theo; Ceballos, Kovacic, Kroos; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema
Because Málaga is the worst team in La Liga, Zidane would be wise to rest most of the starters for Sunday’s match. Navas could use a rest and this would be the opportunity to do so and give Casilla another start. With Carvajal just returning to training, it would be smart to rest him and give Achraf Hakimi a try. Though I listed Varane as starting, Vallejo could start again. Marcelo should get some rest after Juventus and start Theo instead. Ramos should start since he wasn’t available for the Juventus match.
With Modric also just returning to training, I’d rest him and give Ceballos a much needed start. Kovacic should start as well. I have Kroos starting, Zidane could even give Marcos Llorente instead. Isco and Casemiro should rest too. Bale started against Juventus and could start here, but it could be Vasquez starting. Ronaldo might start just to keep up in the goal race, but again I could be wrong and it might be Asensio. Benzema should start after not even featuring against Juventus, though Zidane may surprise and give Mayoral a go.
Roberto; Rosales, Ricca, Polanco, Torres Goméz; Isaac, Lacen, Iturra, Castro; Juanpi, Peñaranda
4-1 Real Madrid-Málaga
Even if Real don’t play with most of their starters, they should be able to manage a convincing win over the last place team in the league. Now, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy but it shouldn’t really be that tough of a matchup in theory.
Real should be able to go on the road and take 3 points from Málaga and inch closer to second place if that is their desire. This is by no means a highly important match, but it is one Real will definitely want to win while potentially resting some or even many of their starters.