Celta Vigo vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as struggling Celta target a vital three points.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Preview
Celta Vigo hosted Villarreal at a similar stage last season and completed a remarkable comeback to turn a 2-0 Half-Time deficit into a 3-2 win with Iago Aspas starring before leaving the field in tears. The win proved a turning point in Celta’s season and with the Galicians in the thick of another relegation battle, they could certainly do with a repeat here.
Despite some summer recruitment which captured the imagination in Vigo, Celta’s season never really got going with the sacking of Fran Escriba and appointment of Oscar Garcia in November failing to fully transform their campaign. There were at least some encouraging signs before the season grinded to a premature halt in March. Celta lost just 1 of their final 9 league fixtures but only 2 wins over that period means they still find themselves precariously placed just a point and a position above the relegation zone.
Villarreal meanwhile were also in the thick of the relegation scrap when they visited for that memorable game last season. This time around though, they’ve been better although inconsistency has made it tough for them to push on towards the real battle for European places. They currently sit in 8th place but a distant 7 points behind Atletico Madrid in 6th.
The Yellow Submarine have been one of the most potent sides in the final third though with only three teams able to better their tally of 44 goals. January signing Paco Alcacer has strengthened their options and he should lead the line for the visitors here against what at times can be a shaky Celta defence.
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Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Villarreal
Without the Balaidos crowd behind them, it will be tough for Celta to find the kind of home momentum that fired them to safety last term. That has to be a worry for the Galician club and the break to the season may not have done them many favours given they had just started to become a bit tougher to beat. Overall, Villarreal are the stronger side across the pitch, and with home advantage seemingly less of a factor now, they look capable of winning this game.
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Betting Tips (18+)
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Celta Vigo vs Villarreal H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Celta Wins, 3 Villarreal Wins.
- Celta Vigo have won the last 3 meetings between the clubs.
- That includes a 3-2 win in this fixture last term and a 3-1 win at the Ceramica earlier this.
- All of the last 4 meetings between the clubs have produced 4 or more goals.
Predicted Line Ups
Blanco – Olaza, Araujo, Murillo, Mallo – Rafinha, Bradaric, Okay – Denis Suarez, Smolov, Aspas (4-3-3)
Asenjo – Alberto Moreno, Torres, Albiol, Mario – Cazorla, Iborra, Trigueros – Moi Gomez, Alcacer, Gerard Moreno (4-3-3)