Sports Ticket: Celta Vigo vs Villarreal La Liga Tips, Prediction and Preview
This duel should be exciting from one more aspect – both sides have one dominant and extremely efficient striker within their lines. Iago Aspas has been the key man for Celta in numerous occasions so far this season, scoring nine goals. On the other side we have Gerard Moreno who also added nine goals to his name but played a couple of matches less. In terms of the odds, Villarreal are warm favorites for the win at 2.25. The Yellow Submarine is currently sitting in 4th place with 29 points from 17 duels. Their current record on the road is two wins, four draws and two defeats. Tradition says we should expect goals at Balaidos. Celta Vigo were on unbelievable streak before losing to Real Madrid last weekend. During the mid-week they were surprisingly defeated in Copa Del Rey by Ibiza 2-5 but with mixed up lineup. BTTS and Draw are going to be our top selections.
After the mid-week clash between Bilbao and Barcelona, Spanish La Liga resumes on Friday night at Balaidos where Celta Vigo welcomes Villarreal. Both teams have been performing really well in this division, especially hosts who have five victories in the last seven appearances. Just two months ago they were stuck in the relegation streak, but recent streak have pushed them hard to 8th place. Battling for Europa League is possible if team manages to keep the form at high level. As for their opponents, Villarreal are looking as brand new team under Unai Emery, having serious intentions about qualifying for UEFA Champions League. All in all, we should witness an interesting encounter.
The defeat at Real Madrid came at a huge cost for Celta, who lost both Iago Aspas and Nolito to injuries during the contest, with the two attackers now facing spells on the sidelines. Renato Tapia is also suspended due to the booking that he picked up against the champions, while David Junca remains on the sidelines through injury. Head coach Coudet will make wholesale changes from the side that started against Ibiza, with Santi Mina, Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Lucas Olaza and Nestor Araujo among those expected to return, but Miguel Baeza, Fran Beltran and Okay Yokuslu could keep their positions in the side. As for Villarreal, Vicente Iborra, Paco Alcacer, Juan Foyth and Francis Coquelin remain on the sidelines through injury, but Emery’s side did not pick up any fresh issues against Zamora. Carlos Bacca’s goal on Tuesday could see the experienced striker earn a spot in the final third of the field ahead of Fer Nino, while Samuel Chukwueze will also be hoping to retain his spot in a wide area. There will be wholesale changes from the Copa del Rey clash, though, with Sergio Asenjo, Dani Parejo, Moi Gomez, Manu Trigueros, Ruben Pena, Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno all set to return.
Series: Spain – La Liga 2020-21
Match: Celta Vigo vs Villarreal
Date: Friday, 08 January 2020.
Venue: Abanca Balaidos, Vigo
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- A big majority of recent head to head clashes between these two sides offered a lot of action and goals. Four out of the last five duels ended Over 2.5 & BTTS combined, but not the last one.
- All-time stats are slightly going in favour of Celta Vigo who have 13 victories in comparison to Villarreal’s 11.
- 34 goals were scored so far in 15 games at Balaidos, which is around 2.30 per duel.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Celta Vigo: Blanco; Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Beltran, Yokuslu, Baeza; D Suarez; Mendez, Mina Villarreal: Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Trigueros, M Gomez; Chukwueze, Bacca, G Moreno
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