Barcelona: Malaga remained third in the Spanish league after drawing 0-0 at struggling Espanyol on Saturday. The result means Malaga holds a four-point advantage over nearest chasers Real Madrid and Sevilla before their games Sunday.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini rested various players after his team's win midweek over AC Milan in the Champions League. Malaga outplayed Espanyol in the first half, with defender Martin Demichelis coming close with a pair of headers at Cornella-El Prat stadium.
Espanyol rarely bothered Malaga's defense, which remained the best in the league with only five goals conceded in nine games. Nor has Malaga allowed a goal in five Champions League matches.
Co-leader Barcelona looks to extend its unbeaten start at Rayo Vallecano later, while Valencia is at Real Betis and Celta Vigo plays Deportivo La Coruna in a regional derby.