Celta Vigo entertain Real Betis in potential European deciderJanuary 28, 2018
Celta Vigo vs Real Betis
On Monday night, Celta Vigo and Real Betis will go head-to-head in what should be a cracking game in front of an expected 30,000 at Balaidos. Celta currently sit eight in the table and Betis in 13th. With only one point the difference between the two sides and European deams in sight for both clubs, they will be all out to grab three points. A win for either side will see them move into seventh place in La Liga.
Looking at the recent form of both teams, we can certainly expect to see goals on Monday. Real Betis games have seen the most goals in La Liga this season with 77. Celta have the sixth highest tally with 63 goals from their 20 games. It’s worth noting Real Madrid are the only other team to have played 20 games. On top of this, Real Betis have also conceded at least two goals in their last four matches in the league. With the home side packing a dangerous attack and the away side having an unstable defence, Betis will expect to concede. Going forward, Betis have troubled every side they have faced and Celta’s defence isn’t exactly formidable either.
Quique Setien’s side had a tremendous 5-3 win over rivals Sevilla at the start of the year. Last week out however, they suffered a 5-0 loss to Barcelona after an admirable 60 minute performance. Betis have travelled well in their recent games beating Andalucian rivals Sevilla and Malaga.
Carlos Unzue’s men come into this game following two away wins over Levante and Real Sociedad. At Balaidos however, Celta are winless in their last two games. In their last nine games in all competitions, they have played Barcelona and Real Madrid four times; losing one and drawing three.
Team News and Injuries
Celta Vigo are coming into this game without any injury concerns. Their front three of Pione Sisto, Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas will be a big test for Betis’ shaky defence. Sergi Gomez is expected to start centre back instead of Gustavo Cabral. Pablo Hernandez is also expected to return to centre midfield teaming up with the impressive Stanislav Lobotka and Daniel Wass.
Betis on the other hand, still have Antonio Sanabria out for the foreseeable future. Injury prone Joel Campbell is also on the sidelines. Antonio Adan is carrying a knock but is expected to start and has been called up to the squad. Antonio Barragan is also fit to return but may not see action due to Francis’ performances of late.
Expected Line Ups
Celta Vigo: Blanco; Mallo, Gomez, Roncaglia, Jonny; Lobotka, Hernandez, Wass; Sisto, Aspas, Gomez
Real Betis: Adan; Francis, Feddal, Mandi, Durmisi; Javi Garcia, Fabian, Guardado; Joaquin, Tello, Sergio Leon