Real Madrid welcome Malaga to the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday after a much-needed 6-0 thrashing of APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League in midweek.
It has been the most challenging couple of months of Zinedine Zidane’s tenure with players underperforming and positive results hard to come by, meaning that the result likely came as a huge relief to manager and players alike.
APOEL, of course, were extremely poor opposition and were duly punished for their basic defensive errors; Malaga, though, are not much better at the back and their goal difference of minus 16 is the second worst in the division, with their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna last weekend marred by some shambolic defending.
The Andalusians have never won at the Bernabeu and despite seeing Madrid unexpectedly drop points at home this term against the likes of Levante and Real Betis, Malaga’s winless run in the Spanish capital is unlikely to come to an end on Saturday.
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With a ten point deficit on leaders Barcelona to make up, Madrid cannot afford any more unexpected disappointments and one of the reasons Los Blancos find themselves chasing the Catalans is their lack of efficiency in front of goal.
Four teams have scored more goals than Real Madrid in La Liga season, although the defending champions will be expecting to improve their strike rate against one of the poorest defensive sides in the division; after conceding in their opening three home league games, Madrid have won their subsequent three league games at the Bernabeu to nil and a repeat is offered at an appealing 3/4 (1.75).
The visitors, meanwhile, have lost each of their six league matches on the road this season without scoring and are the only side in La Liga yet to net on the road, so perhaps more worthy of consideration though is the price of 2/1 (3.0) for Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals in the game, which appeals given neither side has been strong in front of goal this season.
There have been eight games at the Bernabeu this term – all-but one of which have seen fewer than four goals – and with this selection paying out with a 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or 3-0 home win, it looks like the shrewdest way to back Madrid in a hugely one-sided market.
Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals at 2/1 (3.0) for a 2.5pt stake with dabblebet