Match Preview: Elche vs Celta Vigo Predictions, Team News & H2H

Elche vs Celta Vigo predictions

Elche vs Celta Vigo predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two sides viewed as potential relegation candidates meet.

  • DATE: Friday 6th November 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • VENUE: Martinez Valero

Elche vs Celta Vigo Preview

Elche vs Celta Vigo predictions

There’s a significant game on Friday night in LaLiga, particularly for the visitors. Celta Vigo have made a slow start to the season and pressure is really building on Oscar Garcia who has failed to make any significant improvements during his year at the helm. After a heavy home loss last weekend, defeat against pre-season relegation favourites Elche may be the final straw for the Celta board.

Elche have defied the odds to some extent by returning 10 points from 6 games so far. However Jorge Almiron’s side do still look like a team that is going to be involved in the relegation scrap in the long run, so they’ll be keen to try and keep this early season momentum going for as long as possible.

Their bubble was burst to some extent last time out as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at Real Betis. Even in some of their victories, there have been warning signs for Elche and they rank by some distance bottom of LaLiga for both Expected Goals and Expected Points which suggests they have been fortunate so far this term to secure the results they have.

Celta Vigo are the other extreme. They’ve been creating more chances than their opponents here but Iago Aspas aside, they’ve been finding it almost impossible to put the ball in the net. Their latest setback came in the form of a heavy 4-1 home defeat to leaders Real Sociedad in the Galician rain last weekend.

There was some speculation that Oscar Garcia might have been in danger of losing his job in the aftermath of that match but the quality of the opposition may have been taken into consideration. There will be no such excuses here though and Celta could really do with recording a much needed away win to kick-start their campaign.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Elche Wins, 2 Celta Wins, 1 Draw.
  • This will be the first time the sides have met since the 2014/15 season.
  • Celta won 1-0 here that season while the meeting in Galicia ended 1-1.
  • Celta have won on 3 of their last 4 trips to Elche in the league, including a remarkable Segunda Division match in 2012 which saw Elche reduced to 7 men.

Team News

Summer signing Guido Carrillo is Elche’s main absentee again. Víctor Rodríguez is also an injury doubt.

José Manuel Fontán is suspended for the visitors who may recall Joseph Aidoo in defence.

Predicted Elche Starting Lineup:

Badia – Fidel, Josema, Verdu, Barragan, Josan – Rigoni, Marcone, Raul Guti – Boye, Morente (5-3-2)

Predicted Celta Vigo Starting Lineup:

Blanco – Olaza, Murillo, Araujo, Aidoo, Carreira – Tapia, Suarez, Denis – Aspas, Mina (5-3-2)

Elche vs Celta Vigo Predictions

Score Prediction: Elche 1-1 Celta

Elche’s early season form is going to be very difficult for them to maintain. They haven’t been creating many goalscoring opportunities but they have been pretty clinical and you’d fancy them to get on the scoresheet again here against the side with LaLiga’s joint worst defensive record. Celta though have more quality in their ranks and should at least take something from the game but a draw will only really serve to increase the pressure on their boss.

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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)