Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-3-3

Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(13) 5 Goals 11 (21)
28.1 Average Age 28.6
177.3 Average Height (cm) 176
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Copa del Rey.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Julio Baptista Out
Isco Out
Nacho Monreal Out
Player Reason Status
Sergi Roberto Out

Team News

  • Malaga will be without the suspended Nacho Monreal and injured Isco as they look to take advantage of their 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou last week and progress to the Copa del Rey semi-finals for the first time since 1973.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is likely to stick with his cup policy of giving Carlos Kameni a run out in goal and starts to the likes of Diego Buonanotte and Manuel Iturra.
  • Lucas Piazon could also make his debut for the Andalusians in Isco's absence after joining on loan from Chelsea last week.
  • Barca meanwhile are expected to go all-out to get the win they need to progress after resting a number of first-team players from the start in the first-leg last week.
  • The likes of Jordi Alba, Xavi and Andres Iniesta will return, but again in keeping with club policy in the Copa del Rey, Jose Manuel Pinto will start in goal.

Prediction

  • It is even more of a surprise that Barca have stumbled in their last two games given just how impressive they were in beating Malaga at La Rosaleda on league duty just 10 days ago, and also - given the importance of the game to them - a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline from that night is quite conceivable.
  • The task would have been tough enough for Malaga with a fully fit squad but without three of their best performers this season in Willy Caballero, Monreal and Isco their chances have dwindled even further.
  • Barca have won on their last five trips to Malaga and another one this evening will set-up a mouthwatering encounter with Real Madrid in the semi-final.
Prediction:
1
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Comments (12)

 
  • Thanks :)

  • pedro- dani pique-inesta iniesta-cesc

  • Can anyone tell me who assisted for Pedro, Pique & Iniesta's goals?

  • this is the first game ina long time that barca acted as though they were actually trying. it was a great team performance allaround. malagas goals were bullshit, results of a handball and an awful no call when cesc got stomped on.

  • Barca -1 handicap

  • Barça will bring the big guns now, Alba-Iniesta on the left Messi-Cesc going deep and Xavi-Busquest controlling the game.

  • @LeChiffre, also speaking of Malaga's defensive record, although it has been impressive, you need to note that in their last 6 home games, they conceded 8 goals, overall it is good, but when it comes to big teams, they will concede, question is how much less goals they will concede is the key. Still I think Barca will be all out attack, and angry, this will make them more focused and definitely more lethal.

  • @LesChiffre You are a fool to make that comment about bad officiating . Anti Barca that's what you are and you will continue to have heart attack in any Barca game.

  • Malaga will beat Barcelona at home that 3-1 loss was a fluke . Malaga has the best defensive record at home in la liga and getting a result in Barcelona will make them confident. Only way Malaga would lose is through bad officiating ( which wouldn't shock me)

  • 1:4 barsa

  • Malaga 2: 0 barcelona

  • agree with WS predction: 1-3 and we will watching EL CLASSICO! :)

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