REMEMBER Terry Gibson? Well, we've signed him and while he won't be kicking a football he'll be looking into his crystal ball and bringing us his best Spanish tips every week.
The ex-Spurs, Coventry and Manchester United striker is probably best remembered for his time as part of the infamous Wimbledon Crazy Gang side of the late 80s and early 90s. Now an expert in all things La Liga he works as a pundit and co-commentator on Sky Sports’ Spanish football coverage and is a contributor to unibet.
In the first of this weekend's previews he runs the rule over a huge battle at the bottom tonight.
Deportivo v Malaga (Sun 8pm)
I’m featuring a couple of different fixtures this week as I’m focusing on the relegation issues. We have two massive games in which the bottom four are playing each other and it might lead to it all being concluded. Yes, already.
In this one, the bottom two play each other and it is hard to separate them. Depor have now gone 15 without a win in La Liga and last week Malaga got their first win in 15 with a 1-0 home win against Villarreal.
That was also their first goal in four games and it came from a penalty. Last weekend Depor put up a good fight away at Atletico and only went down 1-0 and that strike was also a penalty.
I’m finding it harder to understand how Depor have performed so poorly this season and I firmly believe they should have done a lot better with the squad available to what has been three managers now this season.
Clarence Seedorf certainly hasn’t had that immediate impact that the club were hoping for. It’s now eight games under him and they haven’t won any yet. It’s five lost and three drawn, with only 2 goals scored and one of them was an OG.
Malaga are a different matter entirely and although it’s been hard to watch them suffer this season it is understandable.
The continuing policy of selling your best players season after season was always going to end up this way and despite that win last week they still remain 11 points from safety with eight games to play.
If I look and judge the teams purely on quality, I would have to go for the home win for Depor. However, they have continually disappointed. Nevertheless, this really is their last chance this weekend to get themselves back into the fight to stay up.
Malaga are surprisingly a difficult team to break down and if you look at their results over the season there have been a lot, and I mean a lot, of odd goal defeats. They always seem to come up just short but that’s hardly a surprise when you have only scored 17 goals.
My instinct tells me that this will be tight but I’m going to go for a 1-0 home win for Depor, purely on the basis they appear to have significantly more quality at the top end of the pitch. Although Andone, Adrian Lopez and Lucas Perez haven’t shown it on enough occasions.
Perez hasn’t scored since the last time these two met back in week 12 when Malaga won 3-2 in what was a goal fest by the standards of these two, but I’m going for the on-loan Arsenal player to get the winner in this game with the only goal of the match in a 1-0 win.
- Depor 1, Malaga 0 (23-4, Unibet)
- Perez to score first (23-5, Unibet)
- Under 1.5 goals (43-20, Unibet)
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