Miguel Cardoso will be in charge of his first home game this weekend as Celta Vigo host Huesca at Balaidos.
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018 / Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET / Venue: Abanca-Balaidos (Vigo)
The Galician side have a good opportunity to bounce back from league defeats to Real Madrid and Real Sociedad with their game against Huesca.
Cardoso was hauled in over the international break to replace Antonio Mohamed, but he is yet to win and the pressure will be on him this Saturday to deliver in front of an expected crowd.
The visitors have started their debut season in Spain’s top flight in mixed form, taking just seven points from 13 games and they must approach the game as a ‘must-win’ to get away from the drop zone.
Francisco’s men arrive however, having just been thumped by a struggling Athletic Bilbao side in mid-week, losing 4-0 in the Copa del Rey.
This will be the first head to head tie between the two in just over six years and Huesca have been the more successful side over the years when the two have met.
Gustavo Cabral and Hugo Mallo are both back from bans and should slot back into the back four. Fran Beltran is still an injury doubt with a hamstring problem, which could see Jozabed start in midfield once again. Andrew Hjulsager could be preferred to the likes of Sofiane Boufal and Emre Mor on the left wing.
Xabier Etxieta and Jorge Pulido should continue at centre-back, as Ruben Semedo is still carrying a knock. With Gonzalo Melero is still sidelined, Christian Rivera is expected to get another start in central midfield. Francisco is searching looks for consistency and Alex Gallar should therefore retain his place on the right wing.
Expected XI (Celta Vigo):
Alvarez, Mallo, Araujo, Cabral, Junca, Sanchez, Yokuslu, Mendez, Aspas, Gomez, Hjulsager
Expected XI (Huesca):
Jovanovic, Miramon, Pulido, Etxeita, Akapo, Musto, Rivera, Gallar, Gomez, Ferreiro, Hernandez
3-1. We expect Celta to get their first win under Cardoso, but the question will be – can form be sustained after it?