Valencia vs Celta Vigo predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two mid-table sides clash on the final weekend.
|Saturday May 21st 2022
|17:30 (local time)
Valencia vs Celta Vigo Preview
Valencia and Celta Vigo clash in the only game this Saturday in LaLiga. Both sides are heading for safe mid-table finishes and there’s not a lot riding on the outcome of it. However this could be an uncomfortable afternoon for many people connected with Valencia after a week of audio leaks and revelations that have only worsened the already fractured nature of this club.
It has been a pretty extraordinary saga even by the recent standards of this club with president Anil Murthy secretly recorded airing his opinions on many issues. While the club has predictably claimed that the tapes were edited, their excuses are unlikely to wash with Valencia fans and it’ll be very interesting to see what kind of reaction there is in the stands this weekend, even towards the players with Murthy recorded claiming that star midfielder Carlos Soler is keen to leave the club in one of the many revelations.
The future of coach Jose Bordalas, described as a “very complicated character” by Murthy, is also under doubt. All in all, it’s a very chaotic ending to the season off the pitch and things haven’t been going any better on it of late. Valencia have gone 9 games without a win in all competitions and the excitement building up to the Copa del Rey Final last month, already must seem a lifetime ago for followers of Los Che.
There’s not quite as much drama at Celta Vigo, at least aside from the Santi Mina situation. Chacho Coudet has confirmed this week that he will continue to lead the club next season and it feels like the opening few months of next term could be “make or break” for him and this Celta project. After a bright start in 2020/21, Celta have if anything regressed slightly this term and that’s certainly true in terms of their league position with a 9th place finish the best they can hope for now.
They are a point and a place better off than their opponents heading into this game and a draw would guarantee a top half finish. Given Celta finished 17th in each of the two seasons prior to Coudet taking over, they have certainly improved under his leadership, yet there is still that sense that they could be something more, particularly with the prolific Iago Aspas continuing to offer the kind of consistent goal threat that few teams in LaLiga can rely upon.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Valencia Wins, 2 Celta Wins.
- Valencia have taken 13 points from their last 5 home games against Celta.
- They won 2-1 in Vigo earlier this term.
- 5 of the last 6 meetings at Mestalla have seen both teams score.
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Valencia vs Celta Vigo Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 1-2 Celta Vigo
It feels like just about everyone connected with Valencia would now just like this season to be over and there could be quite an unpleasant atmosphere at Mestalla this weekend, although the players should be spared the brunt of the anger. Celta are likely to give a couple of youngsters a start but may just have enough to take all the points.
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