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Michael Taylor 25th Sep 2009 - 19:50

Lucky competition winners set for feast at La Rosaleda

Sixteen lucky William Hill competition winners are set for the night of their lives on Saturday as they take up their seats at La Roselada for the sumptuous Spanish Primera match-up between Malaga and Champions League heroes Barcelona.

Over the past six weeks we had been offering customers the opportunity to enter our fantastic, free competition with the prize being eight pairs of tickets for williamhill.com sponsored Malaga's huge match.

You certainly all tried your luck as well with enough entries to fill the beautiful Rosaleda Stadium right in the heart of Andalucia.

Don't worry if you weren't one of the chosen few though because there are still tonnes of betting opportunities that can make the La Liga action as exciting as ever.

Here at Hills we'll be willing the Anchovies on with all the passion we can muster but in our heads' we realistically know Pep Guardiola's Barca machine is going to take some stopping.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has made an immediate impact at the Nou Camp, is the one big name definitely missing but they have plenty of cover with Lionel Messi (7/2 first scorer), Thierry Henry (9/2 first scorer), Andres Iniesta (6/4 anytime scorer)....plus all the rest all available if the manager should call upon them.

They may not have strengthened like their Madrid enemies but Barca remain La Liga's team to beat and it will take a monumental effort from our plucky Malaga if they're to upset the odds.

The Catalans start the game as the short yet unsurprising 2/7 jolly, with Malaga looking un-backable at 7/1 and the draw a hopeful 7/2.

So can Malaga do enough to secure the draw?

Much depends on how Juan Martin Muniz's side start after the disappointing home loss to Racing Santander last week.

It took the Andalucians much too long to get into their stride but, when Inter Milan loanee Victor Obinna was pushed out to the right wing, coach Muniz will have felt his side were easily good enough to grab at least a draw, if not more.

Argentine forward Fernando Forestieri looked sharp once coming on as a second half substitute and a repeat performance could see him justify the 5/1 about him scoring at anytime during the ninety minutes.

More importantly for the home side is the need to toughen up in defence, especially when you consider Barcelona's free scoring forwards have already found the net a massive fourteen times in their first four games - including a 4-1 win away at Santander on Tuesday.

Gustavo Munua was blameless for the two goals he conceded last week but he hasn't exactly inspired confidence through the early rounds of the campaign, while Brazilian star Weligton needs a big improvement if they have any chance of getting into the awesome Barcelona midfield.

A draw may be a little beyond the home side but, if they play well, they could keep it close, especially if Barca have one eye on their mid-week Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev.



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