Hopes for a top-four finish is becoming more of a reality for side Atletico Madrid after a slip for the La Liga title hopes. The Estadio de Balaidos Stadium sets to come alive this Tuesday as mid-table Celta Vigo welcome Atletico home.
Celta Vigo proves to be the team to beat in La Liga against the top six sides. The side has held off the threats for title leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona this season. Despite poor performances that push the side further down the relegation battles, Coach Junyent is still in it.
Their last outing ended in a 1-1 draw to Real Betis. Before that, the side was a victim of a 5-1 thrashing of side Mallorca. Coach Junyent sets eyes on third-placed Atletico Madrid with an upset win pushing the side further the mid-table race.
Coach Diego Simone ended his long bitter rivalry against the Catalan Giants in a 2-2 draw. The match saw Simone surprised with former player Antoinne Griezzman come on for only five minutes before the whistle blow.
The side might have given hopes for clinching the La Liga title with the 15 points gap with leaders Los Blancos. However, there is no comfort in the third slot in the rankings with side Sevilla and Villarreal slowly creeping.
Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid Head to Head
Both sides have 22 games between them with Celta Vigo taking home wins against 13 wins held by Atletico Madrid. Here is a look at their previous encounters in the La Liga:
Celta Vigo 1-1 Real Betis
RCD Mallorca 5-1 Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 0-1 Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo 6-0 Deportivo Alaves
Atletico Madrid 3-0 RCD Mallorca
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid
Levante 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Altetico Madrid 1-0 Real Vallavoid
Celta Vigo Team News
Coach Junyent will have to contend without the services of Nestor Araujo, who picked up a yellow card suspension in their 1-1 draw to Real Betis. Other additions who remain on the sidelines include Dennis Suarez and Sergio Alvarez, out with injuries.
Atletico Madrid Team News
The patience of Diego Simone might be wearing thin with youngster Joao Felix who is yet to prove his worth in the club. After missing a penalty in their clash with Barcelona, forward Diego Costa will miss out after picking a yellow card suspension.
Prediction and Odds
Diego Simone is on a five-match winning streak since the restart and expects a win. However, Celta Vigo is known to hold off the top La Liga sides this season.
Atletico Madrid Win
Goals Under 2.5
First to Score: Atletico Madrid