Celta Vigo and Leganes will face-off in a relegation six-pointer at the Balaidos Stadium in the La Liga on Saturday.
Celta Vigo Match Form
Celta barely survived relegation last season, finishing 17th in the end, and are in a similar position this time around. They have picked up 21 points from 24 games and are level on points with RCD Mallorca, who occupy the closest relegation spot.
Thus, Oscar Garcia Junyent’s men have a real task on their hands to stay up and results will need to quickly improve if they want to play in the top-flight next season. Eibar is 3 points ahead while Real Valladolid are a further 2 points ahead.
Therefore, Celta will have to change their fortunes quickly and they will draw motivation from the pulsating 2-2 draw with league leaders Real Madrid in the previous game with Fyodor Smolov and Santi Mina getting on the scoresheet.
Leganes Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Leganes are already in the relegation zone, worse than last season where they finished 13th. Los Pepineros picked up 19 points from 24 games so far, trailing Celta by 2 points. Also, they are level on points with Espanyol who are at the bottom of the table.
Thus, safety will be at the forefront of Javier Aguirre’s mind and a victory against Celta can lift his troops above the relegation zone. However, their opponents will have a similar agenda and it promises to be a cracking contest.
After drawing 0-0 with Real Betis, Leganes will look get a result when they travel to the Balaidos Stadium for this game.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, there are not much injury concerns for either side. Winger Alexander Szymanowski and goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar are the only ones who are going to miss this game for the away side.
Looking at head-to-head, the duo have met 9 times across competitions, with Celta winning 3 to Leganes’ 4. In the 4 matches at this stadium, Celta have won once while Los Pepineros have won twice. Also, each of the 3 victories came through a solitary goal while the draw was a goalless one.
Celta Vigo vs Leganes Betting Tips
While this could hint at a low-scoring game, Leganes did win the reverse fixture 3-2. However, Celta have conceded just 4 goals in their last 5 league games at home and will look to keep things tight once again.
On the other hand, Leganes have failed to win 4 of their last 6 away games across all competitions. Further, they have failed to score in their last 3 on the road and conceded 7 in return.
Thus, recent history and head-to-head do favor the visitors but recent form tips the scales towards Celta and they should have enough to get all 3 points in this one.
Celta Vigo Predicted XI: Blanco; Aidoo, Murillo, Araujo; Comesana, Rafinha, Yokuslu, Bradaric, Olaza; Aspas, Smolov
Leganes Predicted XI: Soriano; Ruibal, Bustinza, Awaziem, Siovas, Silva; Eraso, Perez, Recio, Rodrigues, Carrillo