Atletico can grind out another three points in Saturday's live evening La Liga clash.
Atletico Madrid v Malaga – Saturday 17:30, Sky Sports 4
Atletico suffered their first defeat of the season in Seville last weekend and as a result gave up their place at the top of the table. They return to the Vicente Calderon where they are unbeaten in 21 league games, tasting victory on 17 occasions.
Malaga’s record on the road last season was a disappointing W4-D6-L9 and despite the arrival of Juande Ramos their struggles have continued this term, picking up just two points from their four away games. Incredibly, in this whole time they’ve scored just two first-half goals, a record they’re unlikely to improve on against the best defence in the league.
A half-time 0-0 draw is an interesting proposition as Atletico have scored in the opening 45 in just three of their last 13 matches, with nine of these being goalless at the break. Furthermore, Koke is suspended and in the five games the creative midfielder has missed since the start of last season, Atleti have tended to start slowly, scoring just one first-half goal.
The Draw/Atletico half-time/full-time double is also advised, as a trait of Simeone’s side is their ability to grind out results. Since the start of last season 12 of their 23 home games have been level at the interval (11 were 0-0) and they’ve triumphed in eight of these.