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Match Preview: Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

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League leaders Real Madrid host Celta Vigo on Sunday night as they look to extend their lead over rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid v Celta Vigo – La Liga

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Date: 16/02/20

Kick Off: 20:00

TV Channel: La Liga TV

Real Madrid host relegation threatened Celta Vigo on Sunday as Zinedine Zidane’s side look to make it six wins on the spin in La Liga.

Fresh from a 4-1 win last weekend over Osasuna, courtesy of goals from Isco, Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic, it was the perfect response to their defeat to Real Sociedad in the Copa Del Rey, and left them three points clear of Barcelona at the top of the league. With Barcelona facing Getafe and the potential for a slip up there for Quique Setien’s side, Zidane will be keen his side remains focussed and press home their advantage, especially with the Champions League returning in the coming weeks.

The injury worries are beginning to ease, and a scoring return for Jovic last weekend will please Zidane, whilst also giving the young Serbian striker the confidence to kick on after what has been a tough start to life in Madrid. The balance in midfield is well suited to coming up against opposition like Celta Vigo, and the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in behind the forwards are well suited to breaking down the defensive opposition, whilst the full backs are expected to push high and provide the width.

The form of Karim Benzema cannot be overlooked this season, and the Frenchman has netted thirteen goals, assisting a further six, and these statistics make him an appealing option as the player to break down the Celta defence. Real have netted 44 goals this season and only conceded 14, so it will be a particularly tough task for lowly Celta to break through the defence.

Vigo are sat in 17th, with only four wins to their name all season, and their misfiring forward line is particularly concerning. 19 goals at an expected goals of 26.25 is concerning, and whilst their defensive numbers are promising, they find themselves struggling due to the lack of goals.

A surprise win over Sevilla last weekend will give them confidence of kicking on and moving away from the relegation zone, which they sit two points clear of. Iago Aspas is top scorer with eight goals, and with the next best return being two from three players, it reinforces the importance that Aspas is firing come Sunday night.

Real Madrid should have enough to overcome the struggling Celta side, but where does that leave the value in the betting?


Team News:

Marco Asensio is out, but Eden Hazard, Mariano and James Rodriguez could be passed fit.

Hugo Mallo is suspended, Jeison Murillo is doubtful

Head to Head:

Real Madrid Wins: 28

Draws: 5

Celta Vigo Wins: 12

Match Stats:

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eleven games against Celta Vigo

Toni Kroos has five goals against Celta Vigo, more than any other side in La Liga

Iago Aspas has been involved in 47% of Celta’s goals this season

Team Form:

Real Madrid: W W W W W

Celta Vigo: D D D L W

Suggested Bets:

With Real Madrid understandably a short price at 2/7, the value lies elsewhere. I am expecting a comfortable victory for Zidane’s side, but they may have to patient against a side that will look to sit deep and counter, much like they did against Sevilla last weekend. This won’t worry Real, and their patient approach could see them go into the break level, and priced at 17/5, the draw HT, Real Madrid FT takes appeal.

After scoring last weekend, Jovic could be handed a start and a chance to impress, and if so, he is an appealing price at 21/20 to score anytime. With his scoring exploits at Frankfurt last season not to be overlooked, he looks a promising prospect to get a goal against the strugglers, particularly when Benzema is comparatively priced at 8/13.

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