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Match preview: Málaga-Celta

Málaga CF plays RC Celta de Vigo at La Rosaleda stadium in the 36th LaLiga Santander match. Kick-off is on Sunday at 20:45.

With a victory, the Blue and Whites, 12th in the table with 42 points, would move in front of the Galician-based rival, who are in 11th place with 44 points. In the first round clash at Balaídos, the home side won by 3-1.

The match will be officiated by Carlos Del Cerro Grande, who has refereed Málaga CF in 13 First Division games. Results with the Madrid-born ref in charge have been six wins, two draws and five defeats for the Malaguistas.


Players in common Málaga CF- Celta de Vigo

Catanha, Couñago, Baiano, Quincy and Charles

Coach in common Málaga CF- Celta de Vigo

José Manuel Díaz Novoa

Players in common CD Málaga-Celta de Vigo

Liz*, Pedrín*, Yayo*, Salas*, Montoro, Muruaga, Seoane, Sobrado, Alonso, Ares, Carlos Torres, Mori, Búa and Zambrano

(*Under the CD Malacitano name)

Coaches in common CD Málaga-Celta de Vigo

Luis Urquiri, Ricardo Zamora, Pasarín, Lluís Miró and Milorad Pavic

(*) Legendary Juan Arza, a CD Málaga player in the 1942/43 season, was also coach of Celta de Vigo


To take into account

  • Duel between two of the best national goal-scorers in LaLiga. Sandro, is the Blue and Whites’ highest scorer with 13 goals. Aspas, with 17 goals, is the League ‘pichichi’ of Celta de Vigo.
  • Málaga CF and Celta de Vigo have played each other 10 times in the First Division. The balance for the Malaguistas is three victories, three draws and four defeats, with 10 goals in favour and 17 goals conceded.
  • This will be the 6th time Del Cerro Grande has refereed an official match (First Division, Second Division and Copa del Rey) between Málaga CF and RC Celta de Vigo. The results are favourable for the Blue and Whites, with four victories and one defeat.
  • Málaga CF are seeking their 4th consecutive victory, both in LaLiga (highest record) and at La Rosaleda. This season the team has already achieved five wins on the run at the Malaguista stadium.


The first Málaga CF-Celta de Vigo

Curiously, on 7th May 2000, and also the 36th First Division match of the season, Málaga CF and RC Celta de Vigo met for the first time at La Rosaleda. The result was a 0-1 win for the visitors, with the goal from Gustavo López.

Malaguista coach, Joaquín Peiró selected the following starting line-up for that game: Contreras; Ruano (Sandro 61’), Larrainzar, Fernando Sanz, Valcarce; Rufete, De los Santos, Movilla, Musampa (Agostinho 61’); Darío Silva (Alberto Luque 75’) and Catanha.