Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes a cagey match between two struggling sides could well see a stalemate at the breakA huge clash in La Liga's relegation battle this evening sees the division's bottom two sides meet at Balaidos. Celta have in recent weeks resembled a side doomed to an instant return to the second tier of Spanish football, with just one win in 13 matches and their star player Iago Aspas serving a lengthy ban for a mindless head butt.
If that sounds like a bad situation then Zaragoza's is arguably worse, with Manolo Jimenez's team boasting the unwanted record of being the only side in any of the five major leagues yet to win a match in 2013.
If they do not change that fact in the next few weeks they will surely go down, and Paddy Power price them at 5/2 (3.50) to claim their first win since December.
Celta, meanwhile, can be backed at 21/20 (2.05) and the draw which looks a tempting option is offered at 23/10 (3.30).
Indeed, draws have been on the menu in La Liga this weekend, with the six teams directly above these two strugglers all drawing their games.
For a value bet it could be a good option, yet the serious money should be invested in a draw at half-time offered at the tempting price of evens (2.00).
This was our selection in last Monday's game between Mallorca and Celta and comfortably paid out while it has also proved the correct selection in three of Celta's last five home games. This game is likely to be tense, nervy and quite frankly, ugly.
With so much on the line neither side will take any risks until later on in the match, so a half-time stalemate looks a great option for our main selection, while braver punters could well be rewarded by backing a draw at full-time as a value bet.
|Draw at half time at evens (2.00) with Paddy Power
||Draw at full time at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.