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Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

Celta Vigo vs Villarreal
Spain La Liga
Date: Friday, 8 January 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Abanca Balaidos, Vigo.

Estadio de Balaidos will host Friday’s football game between Celta Vigo and Villarreal, the two sides with European ambitions.

Celta made a slow start to the season, but the arrival of Eduardo Coudet has turned things around at “Balaidos”.

Os Celeste are playing with confidence, but the bad news for the fans is that key attacker Iago Aspas suffered an injury in a 2-0 loss to Real Madrid.

In his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be former Valencia attacker Santi Mina. Francisco Beltran is widely expected to replace Iago Aspas in the starting XI. Villarreal, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Levante.

The Yellow Submarine are eager to retain their spot in top four, but beating Celta on the road is easier said than done.

Since Aspas misses the match with injury, a low-scoring draw is on the cards at Estadio de Balaidos.

Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Head-to-head

Teams Celta Vigo Villarreal played so far 28 matches.
Celta Vigo won 12 direct matches. Villarreal won 11 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.68 goals per Match.

Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Prediction

Celta Vigo in actual season average scored 1.52 goals per match. In 10 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (60.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Villarreal average scored 1.90 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (46.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

The defeat at Real Madrid came at a huge cost for Celta, who lost both Iago Aspas and Nolito to injuries during the contest, with the two attackers now facing spells on the sidelines.

Renato Tapia is also suspended due to the booking that he picked up against the champions, while David Junca remains on the sidelines through injury.

Head coach Coudet will make wholesale changes from the side that started against Ibiza, with Santi Mina, Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Lucas Olaza and Nestor Araujo among those expected to return, but Miguel Baeza, Fran Beltran and Okay Yokuslu could keep their positions in the side.

As for Villarreal, Vicente Iborra, Paco Alcacer, Juan Foyth and Francis Coquelin remain on the sidelines through injury, but Emery's side did not pick up any fresh issues against Zamora.

Carlos Bacca's goal on Tuesday could see the experienced striker earn a spot in the final third of the field ahead of Fer Nino, while Samuel Chukwueze will also be hoping to retain his spot in a wide area.

There will be wholesale changes from the Copa del Rey clash, though, with Sergio Asenjo, Dani Parejo, Moi Gomez, Manu Trigueros, Ruben Pena, Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno all set to return.

Celta Vigo possible starting lineup:
Blanco; Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Beltran, Yokuslu, Baeza; D Suarez; Mendez, Mina

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Trigueros, M Gomez; Chukwueze, Bacca, G Moreno