After stuttering in the past two fixtures in the Champions League and La Liga away to both Roma and Valencia respectively, Los Rojiblancos will want to continue their run of clean sheets after drawing the last two games 0-0.
However, their may be cause for concern after drawing blanks on both occasions, so head coach Diego Simeone will want a stronger attacking performance from his men against Malaga at the weekend.
Here is the team he could opt for in the next round of La Liga.
The Slovenian international is a steady pair of hands between the sticks, often being called upon behind a sturdy defence, with excellent reflexes and shot stopping skills.
A familiar back four to be expected at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Juanfran and Filipe Luis offer defensive cover to the two centre backs, with both limited in their attacking exploits, instead focusing on positional sense to create a strong foundation.
This is built upon the experienced Diego Godin marshalling the back four expertly, while Stefan Savić will be preferred to the talented but youthful exuberance of José Giménez.
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Koke and skilful Belgian winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco should be selected to pepper the box with crosses for the two strikers, as Spanish international Koke is outstanding at the final ball from the right. Carrasco was rested for the midweek tie with Roma, so the 24-year-old should come into the side in a rotation Simeone has been using of late.
In the centre, the all-round ability of Saúl Ñíguez will be partnered by Ghanian international Thomas Partey, who has been called upon a number of times by Simeone, with his tireless work rate favoured by the Argentine over club legend Gabi.
French international Antoine Griezmann should return to the side at the weekend after his petulant two match ban, following his red card in the Girona tie that earned another draw.
He will be playing alongside Luciano Vietto, who shouldn't get too comfortable in the starting line up after reports in the week suggested a £40m plus move for Diego Costa could be agreed by January to earn the former striker a move back to the capital.