Having made their way back into the La Liga top four for the first time in 2012, Malaga risk falling back out of the Champions League places this weekend when they travel to the Santiago Bernabeu, as predictably large odds against with Ladbrokes, who give the away side little chance of causing a shock.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were being tipped by many to finish the season with European qualification given the amount the club spent on squad improvements following their Qatari takeover in 2010.
However, the Andalusian outfit have hovered around the elite, moving betweene the sixth and tenth place spots but finally appear to be making their surge into the upper echelon of the Spanish top flight.
That being said, the Primera Liga side couldn’t hope for a more difficult obstacle in their progress than Real Madrid and will face a true test of their resolve on Sunday.
José Mourinho’s long-term future with Real may remain uncertain but the character of the squad appears to have gone untarnished as they continue their eleven match unbeaten run in La Liga.
Los Blancos have scored an average of 4.15 goals per game this season but have conceded an average 1.15 per game, handing Malaga the slightest glimmer of hope heading into the fixture.
The Anchovies may be enjoying a three match winning streak but will know full well that to become complacent would be suicide as they look to upset Real’s pursuit of the Spanish title.