Villarreal vs Celta Vigo Match Preview & Prediction

Villarreal host Barcelona at the Ceramica this weekend

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the visitors aim to halt a 5 game losing streak.

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo betting tips

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo Preview

This game features two of last season’s surprises strugglers. Both sides appeared to do some smart business in the summer but so far only Villarreal have managed to serve up clear evidence that they are on the right track again after a difficult campaign. Celta Vigo meanwhile are languishing in the bottom three and the onus is on new boss Oscar Garcia to turn things around.

Villarreal have been scoring freely this season with only Barcelona having netted more goals than Javi Calleja’s side. However they remain something of a work in progress and there have been several recent setbacks too such as a 3-1 defeat at newly promoted Mallorca in their most recent game. Back at the Ceramica, they will see this as a good chance to get back to winning ways and extend their unbeaten home record this term.

Oscar Garcia hasn’t exactly been dealt the kindest set of fixtures to kick-start Celta’s season into life. His first game was away to Barcelona and ended in a 4-1 defeat and this isn’t going to be much easier for the Galicians. Any kind of result would be a bonus as they seek to end a 5 game losing streak which has seen them score only twice.

Celta can at least take some encouragement from the defensive selection issues the home team have here. Villarreal are missing key centre-back Raul Albiol to suspension meaning the accident-prone Ramiro Funes Mori will almost certainly start. Alberto Moreno is also out injured while keeper Sergio Asenjo is also carrying a knock so the Yellow Submarine could be vulnerable although Celta are also sweating over the fitness of Santi Mina and Rafinha.

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Villarreal

Villarreal’s selection problems combined with the change to what is likely to be a more positive coach suggests Celta have every change of getting on the scoresheet here. The recent history of this fixture also points in that direction. However Villarreal have been much the more impressive side overall this season and they look capable of making it 6 straight defeats for the Galicians.

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Villarreal vs Celta Vigo H2H

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 4 Villarreal Wins, 2 Celta Wins
  • Celta Vigo won both meetings 3-2 last season.
  • Villarreal had won 4 on the bounce against the Galicians prior to that though.
  • 4 of the last 6 meetings have produced exactly 5 goals.

Predicted Line Ups

Villarreal Team:

Aitor – Quintilla, Torres, Mori, Pena – Cazorla, Iborra, Anguissa – Gomez, Ekambi, Moreno (4-3-3)

Celta Vigo Team:

Alvarez – Olaza, Araujo, Aidoo, Mallo – Mendez, Lobotka, Beltran – Suarez, Fernandez, Aspas (4-3-3)

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