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Malaga became only the second side in Spain to avoid defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday, can they follow their draw with the league leaders with a win at home to Celta Vigo?
Malaga start the game as favourites after getting a great result at the Nou Camp but in truth, the draw won’t count for much if they are defeated by the Catalans as expected on Thusrday in the return leg. We would usually say with home advantage, there is every chance they could get the win having drawn away from home with ten men for a chunk of the match but Barca have won every away game, including a 3-1 victory in Malaga last weekend.
That was Malaga’s second defeat from two league games played since returning from the winter break but they will fancy their chances of beating a Celta Vigo side that have been poor on the road lately, losing four straight without scoring. In their defence, the Bernabeu and Vicente Calderon are not the easiest places to get a result but they may have hoped for better when visiting Espanyol last weekend.
Malaga won in Vigo earlier this season and we would expect another victory with confidence buoyed by their midweek performance. The return against Barca is far enough away from Saturday evening not to force Manuel Pelligrini to rest players so it should be a comfortable home win.
Only Deportivo have trailed in more away games at half-time this season so we reckon Malaga can get a good start as they continue where they left off against Barca midweek. The hosts to lead at the end of both halves pays at 6/4 with Paddy Power.
HT/FT- Malaga/Malaga at odds of 6/4 with BetVictor