Celta Vigo vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as these two struggling sides meet in a crunch game at the bottom.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 30th March, 18:30 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Balaidos
COMPETITION – La Liga
This is a simply massive game for both clubs but particularly Celta Vigo. They are 4 points from safety heading into it with Villarreal the team directly above the drop-zone. Failure to get anything from this fixture would spell big trouble for the Galicians who are now coached by former Villarreal boss Fran Escriba.
He is their third coach of the season but so far the most successful has been Antonio Mohamed, whose early season sacking now looks like the wrong call. Celta have taken just 11 points from 16 games since sacking the Argentine. They’ve had an awful 2019 so far with the injury problems of Iago Aspas a large factor in that. The forward is training again but is not guaranteed to be fit enough to start this one. Celta have another huge game in midweek against Huesca and will need to have that in mind too with Aspas unlikely to be able to start both.
Villarreal were in every bit as much peril as Celta a few weeks back but 4 straight wins in all competitions has helped lift the gloom around the club. With 3 games over the next week, they have a chance to really move clear of danger, which would give them more freedom to focus their energies on their impressive Europa League run. Reappointing Javi Calleja seemed like a bizarre move at the time but so far it is paying off for them.
They certainly are the side with the momentum heading into this one and they have a chance to inflict a hammer blow on Celta’s survival hopes.
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Villarreal
Betting Tip: Villarreal Win @ 2.8 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Things have really unravelled for Celta Vigo this season and they look short on leadership not to mention goals without Aspas on the pitch. He could feature here but with Villarreal playing with confidence at last and in flashes quality, the visitors look the more likely victors.
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Celta Vigo vs Villarreal H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 1 Celta Win, 4 Villarreal Wins, 1 Draw.
- Villarreal have won 1-0 on their last 2 trips to Balaidos.
- Celta won 3-2 at Villarreal earlier this term.
- That ended a 4 game losing streak against the Yellow Submarine.
One to Watch – Karl Toko Ekambi
Players who have scored four goals in a game this season:
❌ Lionel Messi
❌ Antoine Griezmann
❌ Karim Benzema
❌ Harry Kane
✅ Karl Toko Ekambi pic.twitter.com/SWLgEQIJ67
— bet365 (@bet365) December 5, 2018
Toko Ekambi has had a tough first season in La Liga but has shown flashes of quality and possesses the raw pace to hurt this Celta defence. He should be full of confidence after a brace last time out.
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Predicted Line Ups
Celta Vigo Team:
Blanco – Mallo, Cabral, Costas, Olaza – Yokushu, Lobotka – Sisto, Mendez, Boufal – Gomez (4-2-3-1)
Asenjo – Ruiz, Bonera, Gonzalez – Pedraza, Caseres, Cazorla, Gaspar – Fornals – Ekambi, Bacca (3-4-1-2)