Select a Team

Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon (ATT 25,000) 5th May 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Muniz Fernandez

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Malaga Malaga

A Madrid 2

Koke (69)
Adrian Lopez (80)

ft

Malaga 1

Eliseu (38)

Atletico Madrid v Malaga preview

Malaga looking for win that will all but confirm their Champions League spot next season.

Last Updated: 04/05/12 5:01pm

  • Share:
Malaga: Close to securing top four place

Malaga: Close to securing top four place

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has lamented the four points his side have lost by giving up late goals in the past week but has insisted they are still in the race for a Champions League place.

Simeone's men are five points behind their opponents this weekend with just two games remaining after throwing away leads against Real Betis and Real Sociedad in their last two outings, but the Argentinian has said he will not prioritise next week's Europa League final over their clash with Malaga.

Sky Bet Odds

Atletico Madrid - 21/20, Draw - 5/2, Malaga - 5/2 Bet now

He told the club's website, "We have lost four very important points starting with the Betis game in the 85th minute and the Real in the 92nd. We have lacked a bit of calmness to finish some matches, but we will continue to fight in the last two matches and, evidently, whilst we are note out of anything we will continue to try.

"We need to keep accumulating points not just so we can arrive at the final day with a chance to get into the Champions League but also to distance ourselves from those that have only played in one tournament and are just behind us."

Gabi is suspended for the hosts after being sent-off against Sociedad and he is likely to be replaced by Tiago as the Portuguese international is suspended for Wednesday's Europa League final.

Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini meanwhile is hoping that the extra physical toll put on Atletico's players by playing in Europe will be to his side's advantage.

The Chilean is expected to recall Nacho Monreal, Joaquin and Welington after he left all three on the bench for Wednesday's 4-1 defeat to Barcelona and Isco is also available again after suspension.

He told the club's website "I can't say what will happen with Atletico, I can only assure that we will go to try and win the game by playing better than they do.

"We have never put in place a firm objective, at the moment we have achieved a Europa League place and now we are looking for the Champions League. The team will arrive mentally in very good shape and physically perfect."

Best bet: Malaga to win - 5/2

  • Share:

Matches

Table

Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Sevilla 15 30
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
12 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
18 Granada 15 12
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 15 10

Related