Celta Vigo vs Valencia: Match Preview, Lineups and PredictionApril 20, 2018
Valencia face a difficult task of overcoming Celta Vigo in Galicia after a disappointing week that has seen them lose twice and be overtaken by Real Madrid.
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2018 / Kick-off at 15:15 UK / Venue: Estadio Balaídos
Defeats to Barcelona and Getafe saw them drop to fourth, albeit 10 points inside the Champions League places with five games to go.
But they head north to face a tough Celta side, who are still in the hunt for a European place, but a run of one win in six has severely dented their chances.
During that streak, there have been lows of drawing to bottom side Malaga before losing to Leganes, but a late equaliser against Barcelona in their midweek fixture will need to be a turning point for the Celticos.
The last time the two sides met, Valencia captain Dani Parejo scored a penalty to give Los Che all three points at the Mestalla and a similar result for the visitors this weekend could see them ensure Champions League football.
But will have to do it without their midfield maestro, after he was shown red in their last game against Getafe, while Jose Gaya picked up a yellow card, his 10th of the season and an automatic suspension.
On the injury front, Valencia are still without Francis Coquelin. While he is match fit, Simone Zaza is not in the squad for the game.
Celta are also missing their left-back through suspension, with Jonny also picking up 10 yellow cards so far this season. He is joined by star forward Iago Aspas on the sidelines, while Nemanja Radoja is not ready to return to action.
Celta Vigo (4-4-2): Sergio; Wass, Cabral, Sergi Gómez, Mallo; Brais, Pablo Hernández, Lobotka, Sisto; Emre Mor, Maxi Gómez.
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Lato; Carlos Soler, Maksimovic, Kondogbia, Guedes; Santi Mina, Rodrigo.
Both sides are depleted, but Valencia’s quality remains and the loss of Aspas for Celta will prove too big as Los Che edge closer to securing Champions League football.