After Barcelona, another giant ahead. This Sunday, January 7, Celta will receive Real Madrid at the Balaídos stadium in Vigo. The match is part of the schedule of the eighteenth round of the Spanish Championship edition 2017/2018. The start is scheduled for 5:45 pm (Brasília time).
Celta’s recent performance
The team of Vigo managed to leave alive the confrontation with Barcelona. He drew 1 to 1 on Thursday, January 4, maintaining the possibility of surviving the Round of 16 of the King’s Cup. He will face the Catalan team at Camp Nou on 11 November needing a win or a draw with two goals or more to repeat the feat of the previous season when, in that same stage, eliminated just Real Madrid.
In the Spanish Championship, however, the situation of Celta is not the best. With 21 points (six wins, three draws and eight losses), the team is in eleventh place. Halfway between the classification zones for European tournaments and relegation. The disadvantage in comparison with Villarreal, sixth place, was six points by the end of the seventeenth advantage. Same margin that the team has in relation to La Coruña, eighteenth place.
For the confrontation this Sunday the coach Juan Carlos Unzue should count on his main players. You do not have a concussion or suspension problem to choose the team you will put on the field.
current form of Real Madrid
The same can not be said in relation to Real Madrid. The team also had a commitment to the King’s Cup midweek. He thrashed, away from home, Numancia, 3-0, on Thursday, January 4. It left very well directed its classification for the quarterfinals, but lost its captain.
On the eve of the match, defender Sergio Ramos (13 games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal) left the final training before confronting muscular pain. Preliminary tests have shown that it will take two to three weeks for her to recover. So, it’s out of the game this Sunday.
It will not be the only casualty. Striker Karim Benzema (12 games, two goals) is also injured. He suffered an injury on 23 December in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona. It is not yet known when he will be able to return to the team.
The third embezzlement of an absolute holder happens for another reason. Expelled in the classic against Barca, right-back Daniel Carvajal (ten games, no goal) will have to comply with automatic suspension.
Embezzlement can be partially offset by the return of Welsh midfielder and striker Gareth Bale (six games, two goals). The player, who has suffered three injuries in the current season, has returned to the pitch against Numancia. He played for 60 minutes, scored a goal and is likely to be listed among the holders in Vigo.
History of the matches Celta vs Real Madrid
The teams had four clashes last season. For the Spanish Championship, the Real won at home by 2 to 1 and thrashed in Vigo, by 4 to 1. For the Glass of the King of Spain, Celta got the better. He won by 2 to 1 in Madrid and managed the advantage when tying by 2 to 2 in their domains.
Real Madrid have made a disappointing campaign in the Spanish Championship. It occupies a modest fourth place with 31 accumulated points (nine victories, four draws and three defeats). It is 14 points away from Barcelona, leader.
The performances of the team open the possibility that it is interpreted that neither players nor coaches believe in a reaction and, therefore, are focusing on conquering cups. Even because Real have PSG ahead in February in the Champions League.
In addition to the lack of interest in recent club appearances (two draws and a loss in the last three games) and the important defaults, Celta appears as an opportunity for a risky guess. Success of the Vigo team ensures the multiplication by 6.20 of the amount invested in Rivalo. Draw has a prize of 4.50 and success of the Real yields 1.47.
Our Prediction: Real win @ 1.47