Thursday, April 2, 2020

Prediction: Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo

Verdict: Over 3,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 5/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

Real Madrid remain at the top of the Liga standings, as Zinedine Zidane has done a great job to keep Los Merengues as the main title candidates for the 2019-20 title in Spain’s top-flight. The Frenchman will aim to lead Real Madrid one step closer to glory Sunday, when they host Celta Vigo. Kick-off for this match is slated at 20:00 GMT.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid enter this game riding a five-game winning streak following last weekend’s 4-1 away in at Osasuna, but that’s not where the positives end for Los Merengues. They are also undefeated in their last 10 Liga matches (W5, L3) and, if we go even further back, then they have lost just once in their last 15 league matches. They recently suffered a disappointing Copa del Rey exit against Real Sociedad, but Madrid are on top of their game at the moment. Also, Madrid lead the standings in form over the last five, 10 and 15 matches, which is a true testament to their consistency levels. Zidane’s men also own the league’s second-best attack (44 goals scored) and the top defence (14 goals conceded), as they keep showing an ability to make things happen on both sides of the ball. Can they extend it for one more week?

Team News

Real Madrid won’t have Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and James Rodriguez, although the latter could be considered as questionable.

Eden Hazard is doubtful, but he is trending in the right direction and could be part of the matchday squad.

Celta Vigo

Celta de Vigo, on the other hand, have not been nearly as good as Real Madrid and continue to struggle. Despite the fact they secured a huge 2-1 win over Sevilla at home the last time out, that result allowed them to leave the relegation zone since they started last week in 19th place, only topping Espanyol. But the Vigo side took advantage of the fact both Mallorca and Leganes lost to move into 17th place of the standings. Their recent form has been far from amazing, however, as Celta have posted a W1, D3, L1 mark in their last five contests while going W1, D3, L7 overall this season when playing on the road. Los Gallegos have struggled badly to clinch results on the road this term, so they have their backs against the ball. Can they pull the upset here at Santiago Bernabeu against Los Merengues?

Team News

Celta might not be at full strength entering this game since defender Hugo Mallo is suspended. This probably means Kevin will take his place.

Jeison Murrillo, on the other hand, has been listed as questionable. The central defender will be a game-time decision for the coaching staff.

Key Factors to Consider

  • From 1993 to date, Real Madrid own the edge in the H2H department against Celta Vigo (W28, D5, L12).
  • Los Merengues also own a W16, D2, L8 mark at home against Celta de Vigo during that aforementioned span.
  • Zinedine Zidane’s men have scored at least three goals in four of their last six matches in all competitions.
  • On the other hand, Celta have scored over 2.5 goals just once in their last six games in all competitions.
  • Five of the last six games between these two sides have ended with three or more goals scored.

Conclusion

Real Madrid have scored three or more goals in three of their last four matches in all competitions.

If we also include Celta’s defensive problems into the mix, then this match could easily feature over 3.5 goals in total.

Verdict: Over 3,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 5/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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