Celta Vigo and Villarreal will look to further their respective goals when they meet at the Balaidos Stadium in the La Liga on Saturday night.
Celta Vigo Match Form
Celta are once again flirting with relegation, after barely escaping last season, They are currently in 17th place, with 27 points from 26 games. They are a point clear off the drop, with RCD Mallorca in 18th place.
However, their position is pretty precarious with only 3 and 6 points separating Celta with Leganes and Espanyol respectively. Thus Oscar Garcia Junyent, who took over the reins in November, has a genuine task on his hands.
After drawing 0-0 with high-flying Getafe in the previous game, Junyent’s men will be high on confidence facing their next opponents on home turf.
Villareal Match Form
Coming to Villarreal, they are definitely doing better than last year’s 14th-placed finish. The Yellow Submarine are currently in 8th place, with 38 points from 27 games. They are level on points with Granada and trail local rivals Valencia by 4 points.
More importantly, they will look to find their rhythm and finish in one of the European spots with Getafe currently occupying the final UEFA Champions League spot. The latter are currently 8 points ahead, implying Javier Calleja’s men have a real fight on their hands.
In order to do so, Villarreal will have to defeat teams at the bottom of the table and Calleja would want his men to play much better than the 1-2 defeat they suffered in the hands of 19th-placed Leganes with Gerard Moreno getting onto the scoresheet.
In terms of team news, Celta Vigo will miss the services of Denis Suarez due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Ruben Pena is ruled out for the visitors due to suspension. Further, Manu Morlanes and Bruno Soriano are doubts for the game.
H2H & Celta Vigo vs Villareal Soccer Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Celta have a good record against their visitors, winning 13 and losing 10 out of 29 clashes. Further, they have won each of their last 3 meetings with an aggregate scoreline of 9-5, scoring thrice in each of them.
However, the Yellow Submarine have won each of the 4 games prior to that by an aggregate scoreline of 11-1, registering 3 clean sheets as well. In terms of recent form, the hosts have lost just once in the last 9 league games and are unbeaten in their last 5.
On the other hand, Villarreal have failed to win 5 of their last 6 games across all competitions and have lost each of their last 3 in the league. Thus, Calleja will need to improve his side’s morale in order to get a result in this one.
Therefore, looking at both recent history and current form, Celta Vigo can be expected to pick their fourth consecutive victory against their opponents in this one.
Celta Vigo Predicted XI: Blanco; Aidoo, Murillo, Araujo; Mallo, Bradaric, Yokuslu, Olaza; Rafinha, Mina; Smolov
Villarreal Predicted XI: Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, A.Moreno; Trigueros, Iborra, Cazorla; G.Moreno, Gomez, Alcacer