Celta Vigo VS Valencia Prediction
After they’ve closed the Round 10 schedule on Monday evening, Valencia heads to another La Liga outing on Sunday afternoon when “Los Che” and Celta will meet at the “Estadio de Balaídos” in Vigo. Celta returns at home after a midweek commitment in the UEFA Europa League, when on Thursday evening “The Célticos” lost 2-3 to Ajax in Amsterdam, but we must say that Eduardo Berizzo rested big part of the first-team players and we expect completely different approach by Celta in their 11th La Liga fixture. Valencia were also active within the week since their 10th La Liga match took place on Monday evening, when “The Bats” had another visit in Galicia, which has been marked by a draw (1-1) vs Celta’s regional rivals Deportivo de La Coruña.
Thus, before beginning of weekend’s La Liga round on Saturday, we find hosts from Vigo on the 10th position with 14 points, while Valencia occupies 14th position where Cesare Prandelli’s side is with just one point over the relegation zone.
Celta Vigo vs Valencia – Team News and Match Preview
A three-game undefeated run (in all competitions) for Celta Vigo ended during the week, as a result of Celta’s 3-2 away defeat to Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Europa League. This levels “The Sky Blues” next to Belgian Standard Liege, both have 5 points out of four EL rounds, so they must chase a mandatory win when Standard arrives in Vigo later in the month. Of course, if Celta are interested enough to proceed in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase.
Eduardo Berizzo’s men have failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last six competitive matches, but at the same time they have won in three consecutive top-flight fixtures at “Balaidos”. It started with a 2-1 win over unpretentious Sporting Gijón, but it has been extended by two really impressive and reputable results for the home crowd – 4-3 victory over Barcelona, followed by a massive 4-1 success in the Galician Derby against Deportivo in Celta’s last home fixture.
All these results leave Celta without a home loss since nearly two months, when they’ve suffered 0-4 defeat by Atletico Madrid.
On other hand Valencia still cannot find its own shape and even experienced Italian coach Cesare Prandelli is struggling to end that awful defensive record which “Los Che” owns this season. That’s a streak based on all 10 La Liga rounds in which Valencia fails to keep a clean sheet, which raises even more if we include last four rounds of the 2015-2016 La Liga season. This makes 14 consecutive games in which Valencia has conceded at least once and also in 24 from their last 25 competitive matches. Unquestionably a terrifying defensive record by “The Bats”.
Celta Vigo vs Valencia – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
All poor defensive efforts arouse lot of doubts since we can find some really experienced names in Valencia’s roster, where Cesare Prandelli can name a starting centre-back duo between experienced names like Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim Mangala. First one arrived at “Mestalla” from Russian Zenit and he was bought as a replacement of Shkodran Mustafi, who joined English Arsenal, while Mangala has been purchased on a season-long deal from another major Premier League side – Manchester City.
Expectations are that these two will once again form Valencia’s centre-back duo while João Cancelo and Martin Montoya are favourites to start on both backs, as the latter should replace injured Jose Gaya on the left-back.
Cesare Prandelli must find a replacement of its captain Enzo Pérez, who is suspended, so Dani Parejo could be awarded with a deeper role in midfield, releasing space for Alvaro Medran to get further forward in support of Valencia’s attack.
Eventual attacking formation of “Los Che” can be formed by trio including Nani, Rodrigo and Santi Mina, but players like Zakaria Bakkali, Munir El Haddadi and Federico Cartabia are also in contention.
Celta looked really toothless for nearly 3/4 of the midweek encounter against Ajax, but all second-half substitutions made and entry of Daniel Wass, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti was a move that has shown what’s the difference between Celta’s first-team and backup players. At least in that moment, who knows, they can improve in future, but right now Celta must find a way to return on track after a 3-3 draw vs Las Palmas last Sunday. That was the final score in Celta’s latest La Liga game when Eduardo Berizzo’s men were leading 3-0 after only 21 minutes, but hosts from The Canaries were persistent enough to make a comeback, as in final they can even regret for not winning the game.
Sergi Gómez saw the red card last round so he’ll be suspended for the upcoming round, as well as captain Hugo Mallo, who’ll miss game vs Valencia as a result of yellow card accumulation. These absences will cause a reshuffle and Facundo Roncaglia is expected to start as a right defender, on Mallo’s place, while Andreu Fontas will be Gustavo Cabral’s partner in heart of Celta’s back.
Meanwhile Chilean winger Fabian Orellana remains a doubt due to an ankle complaint, so his position may be filled by someone between Pione Sisto or Theo Bongonda. This can form really sharp attacking line with lot of pace, where we expect Pablo Hernández, Daniel Wass and Iago Aspas back in the starting lineup, while in particular circumstances John Guidetti may also be featured in.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Both sides will be eager to win that game and if we keep in mind their shaky defensive productions so far, as well as higher potential we can find into both teams’ attacks, then our bet definitely seems to be reasonable enough. “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals” – our final Betting Prediction for the upcoming Spanish La Liga round 11 fixture meeting Celta Vigo vs Valencia.
Venue: “Estadio de Balaídos”, Vigo.
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez.
Possible starting lineups of Celta Vigo and Valencia
Celta de Vigo: Sergio Álvarez – Jonny Castro, Gustavo Cabral, Andreu Fontàs, Facundo Roncaglia – Nemanja Radoja, Daniel Wass – Iago Aspas, Pablo Hernández, Pione Sisto – John Guidetti. (4-2-3-1)
Valencia CF: Diego Alves – Martín Montoya, Eliaquim Mangala, Ezequiel Garay, João Cancelo – Mario Suárez, Dani Parejo, Álvaro Medrán – Nani, Santi Mina, Rodrigo. (4-3-3)