Action resumes in La Liga this weekend and defending champions Real Madrid, travel to play Celta Vigo on Sunday night in what has the makings of a cracking match. Celta Vigo start the weekend in 11th place in the league and find themselves 6 points above the relegation zone and 6 points adrift of the final Europa League qualifying spot. Therefore, a win in this match will have huge implications for the remainder of their season. Real Madrid begin the weekend in, by their standards, the lowly position of 4th and need a win to keep their title defence on track. There is a possibility they could even start this match down in 5th place and only a win would be good enough.
Celta Vigo Form
Celta Vigo have enjoyed a good spell of form in their last 7 matches in all competitions. There have been 2 defeats but they have also held the current league leaders, Barcelona, on two different occasions. One draw came at the Nou Camp in La Liga and the other was more recently at home in the Copa Del Rey.
Celta Vigo have won 2 of their last 3 home matches in La Liga but they have kept only two clean sheets in their last 16 home league games and that’s a worry when facing a team like Real Madrid. However, the draws against Barcelona will give Celta Vigo the confidence they can take something from this game.
Real Madrid Form
Real Madrid returned to winning ways on Thursday night as they defeated Numancia 3-0 away from home in the Copa Del Rey. Zidane and his players needed a response following the 3-0 loss at home to Barcelona in La Liga and they got it in match they were expected to win comfortably.
Real Madrid have lost only one of their last 16 games in La Liga but their form has been poor of late. They have won only 3 of their last 6 league games and suffered a disappointing defeat at Girona and were held by both Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club. Interestingly, having gone for so long without failing to score at least one goal in a match, Real Madrid have failed to score a goal in 3 of their last 5 La Liga games.
Celta Vigo should have a fully fit squad to choose from for this game and Jonny is expected to return to the starting XI at left-back. Both Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas should start up-front in a 4-4-2 formation. Real Madrid will travel without Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos who are both injured. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended and this means Real Madrid will be without two of their usual back four.
Betting Tips (Ladbrokes & William Hill)
Real Madrid have not been great going forward in recent matches but Celta Vigo struggle to keep clean sheets at home. However, the home team will be looking to attack themselves and with Real Madrid weakened at the back, both teams to score at 1/2 with Ladbrokes seems like a decent bet.
Celta Vigo have performed well in recent matches against Barcelona and if they can hold the current best team in Spain twice, they can certainly do the same to an out of sorts Real Madrid. The draw with both teams to score is 6/4 with Ladbrokes.
Iago Aspas has 11 goals in 16 games for Celta Vigo this season, including 6 in his last six games. Aspas is 9/5 with William Hill to score at any time.