Celta Vigo vs Granada match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Celta play their first home game under new management.
- DATE: Sunday 29th November 2020
- KICK-OFF: 18:30 (local time)
- VENUE: Balaidos
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Celta Vigo vs Granada Preview
Celta Vigo face their first home game since their managerial switch this weekend. It’s a good chance for Eduardo Coudet to lay down a statement of intent as he bids to be the man to resurrect Celta. His first opponents at Balaidos are a Granada side that is hoping to bounce back from successive league defeats.
Despite having a number of talented creative and attacking players, Celta struggled for goals under their previous two coaches with Oscar Garcia losing his job after a year earlier this month. Coudet will be a new name to some in Spain but LaLiga’s latest Argentine boss signalled his intent to bring some life to this Celta team, even in defeat last weekend.
Celta Vigo briefly led 2-1 away to Sevilla with Iago Aspas and Nolito on the scoresheet but ultimately succumbed to a 4-2 defeat with the hosts scoring a couple of late goals courtesy of deflections. Overall there would have been more positives than negatives for Celta fans but good performances will count for little unless they can quickly halt what is now an 8 game winless streak in LaLiga.
As for Granada, their bright start to the season has been interrupted by an unfortunate COVID outbreak which effectively made them uncompetitive away to Real Sociedad just prior to the international break. More concerning was their 3-1 defeat at home to Real Valladolid last weekend but they were victorious in the Europa League on Thursday to all but secure their place in the knockout stage.
They are still well placed in 6th in LaLiga heading into the weekend and they ought to be able to name close to their strongest eleven here with not much pressure left on their final two Europa group games.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Celta Wins, 1 Granada Win, 1 Draw.
- Granada took 4 points off Celta last season including a 2-0 win at Balaidos.
- Celta had won the 4 meetings prior to that.
- Granada’s win here last term was the only one they’ve picked up in 11 meetings against Celta.
Centre-back Joseph Aidoo is the only definite injury absentee for the home team.
Ángel Montoro is out until the new year with a broken toe which means Maxime Gonalons ought to play the holding midfield role.
Predicted Celta Starting Lineup:
Blanco – Olaza, Murillo, Araujo, Mallo – Nolito, Tapia, Denis Suarez, Mendez – Nolito, Aspas (4-4-2)
Predicted Granada Starting Lineup:
Silva – Neva, Duarte, German, Foulquier – Gonalons, Milla, Herrera – Machis, Molina, Puertas (4-3-3)
Celta Vigo vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: Celta 2-1 Granada
Celta Vigo did appear to get something of a new manager bounce last weekend and they have some players who will enjoy the chance to express themselves a bit more. The games and air miles are perhaps catching up with several of Granada’s players now and the Galicians look capable of claiming an important win here.
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