La Liga—Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET
We head to Spain now, where attention is also firmly fixed on the race for Champions League football next season when Valencia welcome Malaga to town.
Malaga were cruelly beaten in the final seconds of their Champions League quarterfinal match earlier this year, and whilst they are unable to qualify for a European spot themselves next season, they'll be desperate to ensure that they finish the season on a positive note and don't undo all their hard work from this year.
Malaga have emerged as a genuine challenger to the Real Madrid-Barcelona duopoly in La Liga, and whilst they haven't shown it as much this season, they are still more than capable of producing that form at any given moment, which Valencia will no doubt be looking out for in this one.
Valencia have not been beaten in their last five home games, whilst Malaga have averaged just over a goal per game on the road this year. As a result, we're unlikely to see a great deal of chances arise throughout this one, with the more effective side in front of goal more likely to emerge victorious.
And for me, I'm actually leaning for Malaga.
Their away form has been skewed a bit given that they've rested players for Champions League games and such, but at full strength, they are a very tough team to break down. Their midfield is strong, their defense is organized and with a tactical master in Manuel Pellegrini running the show, they're more than capable of chalking up a win this weekend against Valencia.
Malaga ran riot over them when they played earlier in the year—a 4-0 demolition job—and whilst it won't be that bad, they should do the same again here.
Prediction: Valencia 0, Malaga 1