Key Battles in Malaga vs. Atletico Madrid La Liga Match

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Key Battles in Malaga vs. Atletico Madrid La Liga Match
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One of the biggest clashes of the Spanish top-flight season comes up on Sunday as second-place Atletico Madrid travel to fourth-place Malaga, with both teams hoping for three points to boost their top-four credentials.

After Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday, they closed the gap on their city rivals Atleti to just one point.

A win for Atletico, then, will give them more breathing space in second place—but will also close the gap to league-leaders Barcelona to nine points.with 12 games left to play.

Malaga are facing a ban from European competition for next season, but as they hope to overturn it, a top-four place is vital to continue in the Champions League. They have only a one-point gap between themselves and Valencia in fifth.

It promises to be a massive fixture, and here are the biggest matchups within the game which could determine the outcome.

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