Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview & Prediction

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview & Prediction

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Tuesday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-up as Los Rojiblancos head to Galicia.

by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid predictions

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Preview

There’s an intriguing game at Balaidos on Tuesday night as a Celta Vigo side that has blown hot and cold over the past few weeks, plays host to in-form Atletico Madrid. The visitors will all but guarantee Champions League qualification with three points while Celta have the incentive of moving nine points clear of the relegation-zone if they can claim the win.

That wouldn’t be enough to mathematically guarantee survival but they’d be very close. Back-to-back wins over Alaves and Real Sociedad eased their relegation fears but Oscar Garcia’s side have gone three without victory since then, a run which includes a heavy 5-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Mallorca. This Celta side is clearly still a work in progress but with Iago Aspas in pretty good form in front of goal, they have the tools to at least ask questions of Atletico Madrid.

Diego Simeone’s side have been strong since the resumption with a return of 17 points from 7 games representing their best domestic form of the season. They’d only won 3 times on the road in LaLiga before the break but away victories at Osasuna and Levante will give them greater confidence heading into this game.

A top four finish now looks all but certain and it by no means was when they returned to action last month. It’s still a bit early though for Simeone to fully start experimenting and extensively rotating his squad with one eye on the Champions League mini-tournament next month. They should go pretty strong here but are missing Diego Costa to suspension.

Nestor Araujo is banned for Celta whose most significant injury absentee is Denis Suarez who with 5 assists has created more goals than any other Celta player this season.

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Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Atleti

You can never be too sure what you’re going to get from Celta Vigo but they’ve not really managed to turn Balaidos into much of a fortress this season with only 5 home league wins. A totally out of sorts Betis got a result here at the weekend and with Atleti playing well and the likes of Marcos Llorente and Yannick Carrasco adding a much needed new dimension to their attacking play, they look capable of maintaining their strong form with a narrow victory.

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips (18+)

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Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Atleti Wins, 1 Celta Win, 1 Draw.
  • The sides drew 0-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier this term.
  • Celta won this fixture 2-0 last season.
  • However Atleti had gone 4 trips to Balaidos without conceding prior to that, winning on their previous 3 league visits.

Predicted Line Ups

Celta Team:

Blanco – Olaza, Aidoo, Murillo, Mallo – Bradaric, Yokuslu – Nolito, Rafinha, Aspas – Mina (4-2-3-1)

Atletico Madrid Team:

Oblak – Lodi, Savic, Gimenez, Trippier – Koke, Saul, Thomas, Correa – Morata, Carrasco (4-4-2)

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk