They face off against Malaga next weekend and will be expecting to be scoring three or four goals like they usually do against these minnows. It may not have the gravitas of the last meeting between these sides where a win for Barca would (and duely did) give them a 100 points haul for the season, but your Humble Handicapper expects just the same sort of core line this time round.
That time Barca’s victory took them to not just 100 points but a five game winning run and a 15 match winning streak at the Camp Nou. It was a very different run of form for Malaga who had lost their last five away games (make that six come the final whistle).
Enough with last season…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
You can look even further back if you so desire as Malaga have lost 11 of their last 12 games against the Spanish Champions, and their last victory over Barcelona was way back in the last millennium (November 1999). Last season Malaga did their best to cause an upset in the Coa del Rey by managing to tie the game 2-2 with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, but it was a short lived snowball in hell’s change as Barca put 4 past Malaga in their away leg and won the round 6-4 on aggregate.
In that game it was late equaliser from Ignacio Camacho that secured Malaga their away-goal advantage, while Manuel Iturra scoring their other goal (for the sake of parity) Lionel Messi and Carlos Puyol were on the scoresheet for Barca.
Picking the winner in this game is well easy, Here’s a clue, Barca are 4/5 to win the league while Malaga are 250/1 with Stan James. Also Malaga go as low as 12/1 to be relegated while Barca simply WON’T be relegated, but if you want to throw your food stamps away on such a crazy bet you can pick up soccer odds of 1000/1 with betway on the unthinkable happening.
Last season Barca at home were pretty much unstoppable as they only dropped points once, facing them on their home turf is hardly reasons to be cheerful for Malaga as they had 14 wins, three draws and just two defeats on the Barca travels last term.
Malaga may have finished sixth last season, but they were 43 points behind Barca and they were pretty much consistently inconsistent at home, they managed 10 victories five draws and four defeats on home soil.
Barca are going to win this game for our soccer picks. The only question is, by how much?
Barca winning both halves is at 10/11 , and slip up in the first 45 going in at halve time level (before winning the game) is at 7/2, but if you want to go nuts Barca leading at the 45 and losing at the 90 is at 60/1. Loose change bet only!
Barcelona averaged almost three goals per league game last season while Malaga averaged about 1.5 goals conceded.
Free Soccer Picks: Barca win (both halves) and take the game 3-0 available at 17/2 with Paddy Power.