Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Match Preview & Prediction

Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Match Preview & Prediction

Espanyol vs Celta Vigo predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-ups as the visitors aim to secure final day survival.

by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)

Espanyol vs Celta Vigo predictions

Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Preview

Espanyol bow out of LaLiga with a game against a side that could potentially be joining them in the Segunda Division next season. Celta Vigo’s failure to even get a point at home to Levante last time out leaves them faced with a nervy final day as they battle it out with Leganes to avoid that final relegation slot.

Despite Leganes’ heroics in taking 10 points from their last 4 games to stay alive, the odds are still very firmly stacked in Celta’s favour. Celta will be safe if they win this game. Even if they lose or draw it, Leganes would still need to beat champions Real Madrid at Butarque to relegate Celta.

They can’t afford to approach this game with the attitude that Real Madrid will simply take care of business for them though. Celta have to assume the worst and Oscar Garcia will be desperate to see an improvement after his side’s nightmare 3-2 home defeat against a Levante side that has nothing left to play on Thursday night. Celta have taken just 3 points from 6 games since winning 1-0 at Real Sociedad last month and they remain an almost impossible team to figure out.

Espanyol meanwhile have surrendered their top tier status after 26 years in the most feeble of fashion. A 1-0 defeat at Mestalla in midweek was their 8th loss in a row. They’ve scored just once in their last 7 games with the goals drying up for Raul de Tomas. Few if any Espanyol players have come out of this season with any credit and they will need to regroup quickly and come back with a much better attitude as they approach a very competitive Segunda Division next term.

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Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Celta Vigo

You can never be totally sure what you are going to get from Celta Vigo. Their home game with Levante looked like the perfect fixture for them to get over the line and secure their safety but they made a mess of it. Nolito’s sending off late in that game robs them of his services here which is a blow but up against an Espanyol side that can’t stop losing and is seemingly devoid of any kind of belief, you have to fancy the Galicians to get the win they need to guarantee their safety.

Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Betting Tips (18+)

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Espanyol vs Celta Vigo H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Espanyol Win, 5 Draws.
  • All of the last 6 meetings have seen both teams score.
  • Celta have only won 1 of the last 8 meetings – a 2-0 victory at the RCDE Stadium in September 2016.
  • All of the last 4 meetings have been drawn.

Predicted Line Ups

Espanyol Team:

Lopez – Gomez, Naldo, Cabrera, Pedrosa – Melendo, Lopez, Roca, Embarba – Campuzano, Calleri (4-4-2)

Celta Team:

Villar – Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Sáenz – Beltran, Okay, Bradaric – Mendez, Mina, Aspas (4-3-3)

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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. Freelance requests: marksochon (at)