Almeria vs Celta Vigo Predictions & Match Preview

Almeria vs Celta Vigo

Almeria vs Celta Vigo predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as Celta travel to the Power Horse Stadium.

DateSaturday 29th October 2022
Kick-Off14:00 (local time)
StadiumPower Horse Stadium
CompetitionLaLiga

Almeria vs Celta Vigo Preview


Almeria match action
Almeria stadium via Almju, CC BY-SA 4.0

Almeria and Celta Vigo meet in the opening game on Saturday in LaLiga. It’s an important one for visiting coach Chacho Coudet whose side could drop several places this weekend if their poor run continues in Andalusia.

As for the hosts, they’ll see this as a good chance to build some more momentum on their own ground. Back-to-back home wins over Rayo Vallecano and Girona have brightened the mood in Almeria just as the realities of top flight football was starting to bite. Evenso, it’s still 6 defeats out of 8 overall and defensive reinforcements will be the priority when the January transfer window comes around.

Rubi has started to get some performances out of his forward players with three scored in the 1st Half in each of their last two home outings. That will certainly serve as a warning to Celta that the home team will look to start fast but it is also true that Almeria nearly let a three goal advantage slip in their last outing here which ended in a 3-2 win against Girona.

Celta’s overall form is also poor with 5 defeats from their last 7. They stopped the rot to some extent last time out, but a 1-1 home draw against Getafe wasn’t really enough to lift spirits in their camp. Some of their performances have not been as bad as their results suggest, but they are finding ways to lose games that they really should have taken results from.

They added a number of new players over the summer, but once again Coudet has quickly settled on what feels like a preferred eleven or very close to it. He rarely veers from his 4-1-3-2 formation either and it’ll be interesting to see whether he at least opts for a few different players here. The likes of Carles Perez, Renato Tapia and Gonçalo Paciência are options should he wish to change things up.


Team News & Possible Lineups


Almeria

INJUREDNieto
DOUBTFULSousa
BANNED

Possible XI: Pacheco – Akieme, Babic, Ely, Mendes – Melero, De La Hoz, Robertone – Embarba, Toure, Baptistao (4-3-3)

Coach: Rubi

Celta Vigo

INJUREDSolari, De La Torre, Mallo
DOUBTFUL
BANNED

Possible XI: Marchesin – Galan, Nunez, Aidoo, Mingueza – Beltran – Cervi, Veiga, Oscar – Aspas, Paciencia (4-1-3-2)

Coach: Chacho Coudet


Score Prediction: Almeria 3-2 Celta Vigo


This game feels like it has the potential to produce goals with 20 scored in the last 5 matches involving Almeria while only 2 teams have conceded more than Celta Vigo this season. Almeria are carrying a bit of momentum at home though and might just have the edge.


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