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La Liga: Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid preview

Kick off: Sunday, 10 January @19:30 GMT

Venue: Estadio de Balaidos (Vigo)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid 2-0 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo 2-2 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid 0-2 (2013/2014 La Liga)
Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo 2-1 (2013/2014 La Liga)
Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid 1-3 (2012/2013 La Liga)

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid prediction

Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid face each other in the top-of-the-table clash at Estadio de Balaidos. Os Celeste aim to record their first win of the new year, but beating the title-chasing capital club is easier said than done.

Heavy rain in Galicia

After suffering a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao at their Estadio de Balaidos, Celta Vigo were beaten by Malaga at Estadio la Rosaleda in their first match in 2016. However, Os Celeste returned to winning ways in midweek as they outclassed Cadiz at Estadio Ramon de Carranza in the Copa del Rey game. Eduardo Berizzo’s men have big ambitions for the 2015/2016 Spanish Cup campaign, but the team’s main goal is to book a place in European competitions. The Galician side sit in 5th place in the standings and they will be looking to strengthen their grip on a place in top five with a win over Atletico Madrid. The bad news for the fans is that the match against los Rojiblancos could be postponed due to heavy rain. Anyhow, Celta footballers will prepare as well as possible for Sunday’s showdown as they are eager to start a new winning run in La Liga.

Nolito is unlikely to recover in time to face Atletico Madrid, whilst defender Fontas remains in the treatment room. Ruben Blanco misses the match through suspension.

Rojiblancos impressive at the back

Atletico Madrid did remarkably well to clinch the La Liga title two seasons ago, but they failed to defend the domestic trophy in the 2014/2015 campaign. Los Rojiblancos are on a quest to regain the title and they are leading the chase for the trophy ahead of Matchday 19. Diego Simeone’s men rely on their rock-solid defence in every single match and it has to be noted that they have conceded only two goals in previous eight league games. Atletico Madrid head into Sunday’s game against Celta Vigo following a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano in Copa del Rey last 16, first leg, but you should have in mind that coach Diego Simeone rested his first-team regulars in the local derby at Estadio del Rayo Vallecano clash. Antoine Griezmann returns to the starting line-up and the French attacker, who has netted 13 goals in all competitions this season, should prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Los Rojiblancos recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Levante in their last league game.

Jackson Martinez, Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Juanfran, Koke, Jan Oblak and Gabi are all likely to be recalled to the starting XI, whilst midfielder Tiago has yet to overcome his injury.

Quick Facts

  • Celta Vigo failed to score in previous two games in La Liga
  • Os Celeste suffered three defeats in last five home matches
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in six of Celta’s previous seven fixtures
  • Atletico Madrid have kept six clean sheets in last eight league games
  • Under 2.5 goals were netted in Atletico’s previous eight away matches in La Liga

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid betting tip

As I have already mentioned, Sunday’s clash could be played (if not canceled) on a waterlogged pitch. Celta Vigo have been struggling in front of goal of late and seeing that Atletico Madrid have been impressive at the back in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, there is every chance we will see a low-scoring affair at Estadio de Balaidos. In their last meeting in the national championship Celta Vigo recorded a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @Pinnacle

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