La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid – Match Prediction and Betting Tips
Celta Vigo plays host to Real Madrid on Saturday night as the reigning European champions look to begin their season with back-to-back victories.
Despite ending their season in the relegation hot-zone (17th position) in the 2018–19 and 2019–20 campaigns, Celta responded with a convincing performance last season to end the season with 12 wins and 10 draws that guaranteed Eduardo Coudet’s side the 11th position.
Heading into the new season, Celta has been remarkable in the transfer window adding to their team Williot Swedberg, Luca de la Torre, Carles Perez, Oscar Mingueza, Unai Nunez, Agustin Marchesin, Julen Lobete, and Oscar Rodriguez whilst a handful of players were shown the exit way at Estadio de Balaídos.
Celta’s last La Liga match against Espanyol at home makes it their tenth longest unbeaten run against Los Periquitos in the competition since a 0-2 defeat in February 2007 (W4 D5). On Saturday night, Celta welcomes Real Madrid whom they have failed to win any of their last 16 games against LaLiga (D2 L14), since a 2-0 win in May 2014 – this is their longest winless run against the La Liga champions in the top-flight.
Real Madrid, winning the Champions League and La Liga last season, sent out another strong statement barely three months after with their 2-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup last week.
Real Madrid has won the last four visits to their opponents this weekend, and they overcame Celta 2-0 in Vigo’s previous season to secure a league double over them.
At Celta, head coach Coudet may have a complete roster to pick from since his side has not reported any injury woes ahead of this game, as was the case on the first weekend of the season.
Augusto Solari, who was subbed off during the game’s break against Espanyol, is anticipated to make the starting lineup once again, and it wouldn’t be shocking if we get to see the same starting lineup that faced Espanyol last weekend.
On the other hand at Celta, Aspas, and Paciencia, who both saw the back of the net against Espanyol, are expected to lead the hosts’ attack, with Oscar Rodriguez once more set to play in an advanced midfield position.
In their last 11 La Liga home games; Celta Vigo has a strong record with nine unbeaten games. The team’s defence, however, has been a weakness, as they have given up two or more goals in four of their previous seven home league games. Real Madrid will visit Abanca-Balados after a season-opening 2-1 victory at Almeria.
The reigning champions were forced to wait until the 61st minute to score an equalizer after giving up a goal for only six minutes. A straight freekick in the 75th minute resulted in the game-winning goal. Real Madrid already has two victories in competitive games this year after defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid has been unbeaten in 9 of their last ten league games, according to patterns dating back to the previous season in La Liga.
They have won six of their previous eight away La Liga games and have only lost one of their past nine away La Liga games. According to trends, Real Madrid hasn’t lost against Celta de Vigo in any of their last 16 La Liga contests, and in their previous eight encounters in Vigo, both teams have scored. According to team reports, Celta Vigo should be at full strength for this match because there are no reported injuries or suspensions. Rodrygo and Daniel Carvajal’s injuries might prevent them from playing for Real Madrid, but the former could quickly recover.
We anticipate over 2.5 goals and both clubs to score in what should be an exciting game. Real Madrid and Celta Vigo have recently had the upper hand, and we anticipate continuing as the champions return to Madrid with three points.