2019-20 Spanish Primera – Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Celta Vigo vs Villarreal kick off? Saturday 13th June, 2020 – 16:00 (UK)

Where is Celta Vigo vs Villarreal being played? Abanca-Balaídos

Where can I get tickets for Celta Vigo vs Villarreal? No tickets are available as these matches are being played behind closed doors

What TV channel is Celta Vigo vs Villarreal on in the UK? This match will be televised live on LaLigaTV (Sky channel 435, Virgin channel 554) for those with a Premier Sport subscription

Where can I stream Celta Vigo vs Villarreal in the UK? Premier Sport subscribers in the UK can stream the match live via a Premier Player subscription

bet365 customers may be able to stream this match live via their website and you can check their schedule here

THE TEAM NEWS

CELTA VIGO

  • Celta were in their best form of the season prior to the stoppage in play as they had gone five games unbeaten to pull out of the relegation zone and they had kept clean sheets in their last three matches.
  • They are without back-up goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez for this game while Denis Suarez was an injury doubt but has been named in the squad and looks set to feature which would be a boost to them.
  • While Fedor Smolov has only managed one goal in the six games since he arrived at the club, the big Russian has given them a focal point in the attack and he will be a key figure for them in their survival hopes.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ruben Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Rafinha, Yukuslu, Fran Beltran; Aspas, Smolov, Suarez

Unavailable: Sergio Alvarez (Injured)

Doubtful: Suarez (Injured)

VILLARREAL

  • Villarreal were struggling in their previous games before the break as their lost three consecutive matches to Atletico, Athletic and then at home to Leganes so they desperately need to reverse that form if they are to challenge for the European places after losing ground.
  • Boss Javi Calleja will have to sit in the stands as he faces a touchline ban for this game while he will be without long-term absentees in Bruno and Funes Mori along with suspended full-back Ruben Pena.
  • That essentially means he has his strongest team at his disposal for this match and he will likely line-up in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation as they look to bounce back.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Sergio Asenjo; Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Moreno; Anguissa, Iborra; Gerard Moreno, Cazorla, Moi Gomez; Paco Alcacer

Unavailable: Bruno (Injured), Funes Mori (Injured), Ruben Pena (Suspended)

Doubtful:

THE KEY STATS

  • Celta Vigo have drawn 3 of their last 4 league games
  • Celta Vigo are unbeaten in their last 6 home league games
  • Celta Vigo have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 league games
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Celta Vigo’s last 9 league games
  • Celta Vigo have scored 3 goals in each of their last 3 La Liga matches against Villarreal
  • Iago Aspas has scored 2 goals for Celta Vigo in each of their last 2 La Liga matches against Villarreal
  • Villarreal have lost each of their last 3 league games
  • Villarreal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 league games
  • Villarreal have scored the first goal in 5 of their last 7 league games
  • There has been a total of at least 4 goals scored in each of the last 4 league meetings between Celta Vigo and Villarreal

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THE PREDICTION

Celta were in excellent form before the break which was in complete contrast to Villarreal who lost their last three. The pause may have snapped any momentum however but Celta will still be confident on home turf. They have found their pattern of play and identity with Smolov leading the attack and that is giving them a real chance of survival. Villarreal’s inability to keep clean sheet is likely to make for an entertaining game here and while there is little to pick between the sides, a score draw could be a likely outcome.

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