Valencia vs Celta Vigo Match Preview & Predictions

Valencia vs Celta Vigo predictions

Valencia vs Celta Vigo match preview and predictions for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Celta travel to Mestalla.

  • DATE: Saturday February 20th 2021
  • KICK-OFF: 18:30 (local time)
  • STADIUM: Mestalla
  • COMPETITION: LaLiga

Valencia vs Celta Vigo Preview


Valencia vs Celta Vigo preview

The latest chapter in what has been a pretty miserable season at Valencia plays out this weekend as they host Celta Vigo at Mestalla. This could have been another really tough fixture for Los Che but suspensions to two of the visiting team’s key players serves up a greater chance that the hosts will claim a rare victory.

Heading into the weekend Valencia are 13th in LaLiga but only 3 points above the relegation zone. They aren’t playing particularly well but have found a way to grind out results of late with their only defeats in their last 7 matches coming against the two Madrid clubs. 

Narrow victories over Elche and Real Valladolid have ensured they’ve not been fully sucked into the relegation scrap just yet but they still have plenty of work to do to ensure they are playing top flight football again in 2021/22. The sad reality is that is all they can really aspire to now this season, not good enough for a club of their magnitude.

As for Celta Vigo, they are 5 points better off and have an outside shot at pushing for European football although much may depend on who ends up winning the Copa del Rey. The Galicians ended a six game winless streak in LaLiga last time out, comfortably beating Elche 3-1 at Balaidos.

It is just one away league win all season for Celta though and their hopes here are severely dented by suspensions for Iago Aspas and Brais Mendez. The duo have chipped in with a combined total of 14 league goals this term and will be badly missed, particularly Aspas who continues to be an instrumental figure at this club.


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Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Valencia Wins, 2 Celta Vigo Wins.
  • Celta won 2-1 when the teams met at Balaidos earlier in the season.
  • Valencia have taken 10 points from their last 4 home games vs Celta.
  • Celta haven’t won at Mestalla since a 4-1 Copa del Rey win in January 2017.

Team News

Hugo Guillamon returns from a ban for Los Che and should start. Denis Cheryshev remains a doubt.

Iago Aspas and Brais Mendez are banned for the visitors. Emre Mor is an injury doubt.

Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:

Domenech – Gaya, Guillamon, Gabriel, Correia – Guedes, Racic, Soler, Wass – Vallejo, Gomez (4-4-2)

Predicted Celta Starting Lineup:

Blanco – Martin, Murillo, Araujo, Mallo – Tapia – Nolito, Suarez, Solari – Mina, Ferreyra (4-1-3-2)


Valencia vs Celta Vigo Predictions


Score Prediction: Valencia 1-1 Celta Vigo

The absence of Aspas and Mendez, tilts the balance of favouritism in this game back towards Valencia but they simply aren’t playing well enough to suggest they are going to grab maximum points. Celta had drawn 3 on the bounce prior to beating Elche last time out, and they may well end up leaving Mestalla with a point too.

Valencia vs Celta Vigo Betting Tips (18+)

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