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Mixed fortunes yesterday, so we will hope to do better on this occasion. Subscribers to our premium betting service have been sent a rare max bet, so with big money down we will be hoping for a nice winner. For the website we have just the one premium football bet to offer, but you can subscribe to our paid service for the others

If you thought Italian refereeing was bad, check out the biased in Spain La Liga. In our opinion, some of the officials shouldn’t be allowed to referee a school match, since they are so easily influenced. In fact, according to the Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay, todays match referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez fits into that category. For those of you who don’t know the story, Real Madrid were awarded two dubious penalties in last seasons 3-1 win over Sociedad. The president lost the plot and threatened to make a police complaint about Gonzalez Gonzalez for being corrupt. 

We are telling you this since we don’t make has many bets in Spain because of referee biased. However, we don’t share the opinion about Gonzalez Gonzalez, since from what we have witnessed he’s a top three referee in Spain. We could also mention that he averages just 0.27 red cards per match and 5.26 yellows. By Spanish standards those numbers are very low, so at least keeping players on the pitch shouldn’t be the issue. In any case, we prefer to assume that the ref won’t ruin this match:


If one team are sure to finish higher in the league than their current position it’s got to be Celta Vigo. To say Eduardo Berizzo’s team have been a bit unlucky in the league is an understatement. And, one thing is absolutely certain, they got on the wrong end of the stick against Athletic Bilbao in the last round. 

From what we had witnessed on the field, Celta outplayed Athletic for the first 80 minutes in that match. And, to be frank they should have been 3-4 goals up by the time Roncaglia got himself sent off on 80 minutes. A penalty and an injury time winner were rough justice on the Galicians, and it was simply a wrong result.

Since then Celta have bounced back with two cup wins, including an impressive 1-4 in Valencia during midweek. Last season the hosts won this fixture 1-0, and overall they have a solid record against Malaga

With regards to team news. Celta are without Roncaglia, Orellana and Planas, players who have been involved in 23 matches this season.

Earlier on in the season a nine man Malaga forced a 0-0 draw in Barcelona. However, since then things have gone badly downhill for the team from Andalucia. In the last round of the league the visitors lost 4-1 in Sevilla, with their only goal coming after their opponents had been reduced to ten men. Even more worrying than that was a recent cup knockout against second league side Cordoba, they lost both legs!

The only real positives for coach Ramos are players returned to the squad over the short christmas break. With that said both Kone and En-Nesyri are now on international duty at the African nations, and Kuzmanovic continues to be sidelined.


Maybe Celta were sidetracked by the Europa league, but that’s not an excuse anymore. Afterall, that competition doesn’t resume until mid march, so the hosts have a clear run until then. With team news being positive, this looks a great opportunity to beat an inconsistent opponent!


Odds: 1.91 ISN