Celta Vigo vs Villarreal / La Liga – Celta is in the middle of the table, and Villarreal is in sixth place in Europa League, but the difference is only three points and this match can change everything. Villarreal is in bad form and they have three defeats in a row, with the proviso that the one in Europa league was painless, and they once played against Barcelona. Celta also played against Barcelona but did not lose, but they did in the last round. Last season Villarreal celebrated in Vigo with 1-0, while they mastered Celta with 5-0 on their field. Begins: 17.12.2017. – 16:15 CET
Celta is playing changeable recently, but it should be said that this team played against very strong opponents and it was not easy to score points and they managed to play 2-2 at the most difficult match with Barcelona. They were also close in Sevilla but they lost with 2-1, and they repeated it all in the last round with Valencia. There was a victory over Leganes, also minimal, and the passage to the Cup, in which they mastered Eibar twice.
And now they will have a very tough match because Villarreal belongs at the top of the Spanish football. After Nou Camp, Cabral and Jonny Castro returned to the team and Hernandez jumped, so they were even stronger, but they could not keep 1-1. They now have two big handicaps, because Hugo Mallo and their best player Iago Aspas cannot play due to cards.
Probable lineups Celta Vigo: Ruben – Wass, Fontas, Cabral, Jonny Castro – Mendez, Hernandez, Lobotka, Sisto – Mor, Maxi Gomez
It cannot be said that this is a big crisis, although Villarreal has lost three games in a row. Everything started somehow after the strange match against Sevilla when they had a 2-0 lead in their field and lost 3-2. They then celebrated in the Cup, and then a new defeat after the turnover, this time away against Leganes, where they had 1-0, and then lost with 3-1. In Europa league they were defeated by Maccabi, but that did not mean much, while they lost to Barcelona in the last round.
Of course, it was always difficult to play against the Catalans and they provided a solid resistance, however, at the end it was 2-0. Perhaps they would endure if Raba did not get a red card half an hour before the end, and Barcelona used it with two goals scored. Asenjo returned to the goal, V.Ruiz on the center-back, J.Costa on the left back, while Bacca is out of action due to injury. Now Bakambua will not be in the team due to suspension and that is a big handicap because he is the best shooter of the team. Rabe is also suspended and Semeda is injured, while Bacca returns.
Probable lineups Villarreal: Asenjo – Mario, A.Gonzalez, V.Ruiz, J.Costa – Trigueros, Rodri, R.Soriano – Fornals – Bacca, Castillejo
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal PICK
It is difficult to say who is closer to winning here, but it seems very certain that both teams will play open hoping to win, without too much calculation. Both Celta and Villarreal are missing important offensive players, but also some of the players from the last line, so we still believe that strikers will have the main word in Vigo.
Pick: Both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at William Hill (down to 1.60 can be played)