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Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Prediction & Match Preview

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).

Real Madrid come into this on the back of a 1-1 draw away at Elche which was very emblematic of the Zidane reign.

Big games and big moments are won by Los Blancos but regular, run-of-the-mill fixtures like this one have tripped them up.

This can be put down to the fairly functional approach in which Real sit back and keep a clean sheet whilst knowing they will score at least one or two. However, if you concede just one or make a mistake then you are struggling - hence the result.

That slip-up was on the same day as Celta continued their ridiculous turnaround against Huesca. The Galicians have gone from worryingly dour and disappointing to an aggressive and attacking side with flair and creativity, most importantly, across the side and not just from Iago Aspas.

Celta have enough to score at least one whilst Real should also get one as their opponents have kept just three clean sheets in 16 games this season; however, all three have come in their up-turn in form. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals seems a reasonably likely bet.

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Real Madrid Celta Vigo played so far 34 matches.
Real Madrid won 22 direct matches. Celta Vigo won 7 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.38 goals per Match.

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Prediction

Real Madrid in actual season average scored 1.96 goals per match. In 9 (81.82%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (54.55%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Celta Vigo average scored 1.58 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (88.89%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (22.22%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Madrid will again be without the services of Rodrygo Goes due to a hamstring problem, but the champions are otherwise in excellent shape heading into this contest.

Eden Hazard featured off the bench against Huesca and is again expected to be among the substitutes here, with Zidane expected to keep with the bulk of the side that started on Wednesday night.

There is likely to be a change at left-back, though, with Ferland Mendy replacing Marcelo, while there could also be an alteration on the left of the attack with Vinicius Junior potentially coming in for Marco Asensio.

As for Celta, Kevin Vazquez, Sergio Alvarez and David Junca remain unavailable for selection, but the visitors did not pick up any fresh issues against Huesca.

Coudet has plenty of options for change, with the likes of Fran Beltran, Miguel Baeza and Okay Yokuslu all pushing for starts, having featured off the bench on Wednesday night.

The visitors are expected to go with their strongest available side, though, meaning that Nolito, Iago Aspas, Santi Mina and Denis Suarez should all be in the first XI.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Vazquez

Celta Vigo possible starting lineup:
Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Olaza; Mendez, D Suarez, Tapia, Nolito; Mina, Aspas