Real Madrid suffered their sixth league defeat of the season at Sevilla in midweek although it was a severely depleted line-up. While a date in Kiev with Liverpool is now the priority, they won’t want to go into that game in poor form and will fancy they can get back to winning ways here against Celta.
Los Blancos will have half on eye on trying to finish above Atleti too and clinch 2nd place but it’s not a major priority for them. They need to at least match their city rivals’ result this weekend to stand a chance of doing that but it’s largely accepted that the Champions League Final will now determine whether or not this season is deemed a success.
As for Celta Vigo, they can no longer qualify for Europe and are destined for a slightly disappointing mid-table finish. They’ve shown flashes of quality this term and have caused Real Madrid problems in recent years but most of their good results against them came in Galicia.
It’s hard to see them causing an upset here. Celta are in poor form with just 1 win in 9 matches heading into this. They failed to see off relegated local rivals Depor at home last weekend and have lost 61% of their away league games this term. Indeed it’s just 1 point from their last 7 on the road in La Liga so they’ll do very well to get anything here.
Real Madrid should name their strongest available side having rested players in the week. While Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be risked, they will still have essentially their strongest midfield out and that ought to see them take control of this match from the off. While they’ve had a disappointing league campaign overall, they have largely matched Barcelona since the turn of the year and had lost just once in 17 matches in La Liga prior to the trip to Seville.
There is though reason to expect a goal for the visitors here. Celta have netted in 78% of their away matches this term in the Spanish top flight with both teams scoring in 67% of those games. Only five teams have netted more times than them and therefore going for Real Madrid and Both Teams to Score could be worth considering. The fact all of Real’s last 9 matches have seen goals at each end certainly backs that up.
Going for Gareth Bale to score anytime also appeals. He is likely to be handed the responsibility of leading the line and has still scored 13 times in La Liga this season despite only making 18 starts and will take confidence from a cracking goal in the clasico last weekend.