Marking La Liga’s return to action this weekend, Celta Vigo will be desperate to extend on their buffer over the drop zone when they welcome European outsiders Villarreal to an empty Abanca-Balaídos on Saturday afternoon.
While Celta may have entered the enforced break with back-to-back stalemates against Getafe and Granada, Célticos had managed to make a string of improvements and a five-match unbeaten run helped them find a route out of the bottom-three.
On the flip side, while Celta may have previously found the mood in their camp at a continued high back in March, the same cannot be said for Saturday’s guests.
Last seen when hit with a shock 2-1 defeat at home against Leganes, Villarreal were in the midst of a three-match La Liga losing run and are now in a real uphill struggle to land a top-six finish.
Sadly for the Yellow Submarine, along with being handed a 3-1 defeat when they hosted Celta earlier in the season, Villarreal have lost each of their last three meetings against Célticos. A similar home victory this weekend can be found priced at 6/4 with Coral.
Celta’s defensive resolve
Entering the enforced break with what many felt was a deserved point away at Champions League chasers Getafe, Celta Vigo will be hoping to carry on from where they finished back in March.
Finding a route out of the drop zone and enjoying a five-match La Liga unbeaten run, their most fruitful patch since opening 2020, there is no doubt that Head Coach Óscar García Junyent would have been most impressed by his side’s displays at the back.
Along with picking up what was a stunning 2-1 win against Sevilla back in February, Celta once again recorded another clean sheet last time out at Getafe and have now gone three top-flight matches without picking the ball out of their own net.
in the midst of their best defensive run of the season so far, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts can be found priced at 12/5 with William Hill to land another eye-catching clean sheet this weekend.
Elsewhere, Celta will be glad to know that they can once again call upon leading marksman and captain Iago Aspas on Saturday after the former Liverpool man missed their trip to Getafe due to suspension.
The Sinking Submarine?
Last seen back in March when throwing away the lead against leading relegation scrappers Leganes, Villarreal are a side desperate to kick-start their campaign following a return to action this weekend.
Marking their return sat seven points adrift of the European spots and previously in the midst of their worst run since opening 2020, the Yellow Submarine have lost their last three La Liga matches on the spin.
Along with that shock 2-1 defeat against Leganes back in March, Javier Calleja’s side also came crashing out of the Copa del Rey thanks to an abysmal 4-2 defeat away at Segunda outfit Mirandés.
Now in a real uphill battle to secure a top-six finish, Calleja will be calling on his side to make some much-needed alterations at the back.
Completely blown away in a 3-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid prior the break, Villarreal have failed to record a single La Liga clean sheet in their last nine appearances, a run that stems back to December 21st.
Also shipping at least a pair of goals away at the likes of Mirandés, Mallorca, Eibar, Osasuna, and Levante this season, Villarreal can be found priced at 11/8 with Bet365 to ship over 1.5 goals on the road this weekend.