Although Real Madrid has dominated this matchup in years past, the relationship between Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Malaga head Manuel Pellegrini is always worth watching. This rivalry ensures that this match will be among the weekend's best.
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that these two clubs are within just five points in La Liga. A win for Malaga would put them just two points behind Madrid, showing just how far this club has come in recent years.
This intriguing matchup promises to be the closest between these two clubs in years. Make sure to catch the action.
Where: La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, Spain
When: Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Foxsoccer2go
Stars to Watch
The leading scorer in this game, Cristiano Ronaldo is third in La Liga with 14 goals. The former FIFA World Player of the Year is one of the best scorers in the world, and he promises fireworks against Malaga.
Ronaldo has scored in four of his last five matches, and Malaga shouldn't be able to stop that trend. With star defensive midfielder Jérémy Toulalan sidelined for this match, Malaga will be short-handed against one of the most gifted attackers in the game. Watch out for Ronaldo.
The young and talented Isco is a gifted attacking midfielder with the ability to handle the ball, pass and score effectively. He has rapidly become one of the bright young stars of La Liga, and he'll be critical for Malaga in this match.
Malaga has surrendered just 10 goals this season, and Willy Caballero is the primary reason why. Caballero doesn't have the benefit of a great defensive line, aside from the excellent Toulalan, but he has shut down opposing attacks this season.
He has an incredible 45 saves this season, so if anyone is going to slow down Ronaldo and the Real Madrid attack, it will be Caballero.
As good as Caballero is, he is not even the best keeper in this match. That honor belongs to Iker Casillas, who is considered one of the finest keepers in the world.
The Real Madrid captain leads the second best defense in La Liga, and Casillas will look to continue that defensive dominance against Malaga.