Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Match Analysis & Prediction
13/01/2023 9:00 pm
Villarreal will be looking to make it four La Liga victories on the bounce when they travel to Estadio Municipal de Balaidos on Friday to face Celta Vigo.
While the hosts sit 16th, just one point above the relegation zone, the Yellow Submarine’s impressive run has left them in sixth place in the table.
Entering last Friday’s league game with Elche, Celta had not won in La Liga since the start of October, with the poor run of form leaving them dangerously close to the relegation zone.
However, Carlos Carvalhal’s side managed to secure three points last time out, claiming a 1-0 victory at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero through an early goal from Iago Aspas.
That victory moved the Sky Blues onto 16 points from their 16 matches, leaving them in 16th place in the table, just one point ahead of 18th-placed Cadiz on the same number of games.
Villarreal lost to Espanyol in the Copa del Rey earlier this month, so they now only have La Liga footbal to concentrate on for the remainder of the season, which should help them in their battle to remain at this level of football.
Meanwhile, Villarreal enter the contest off the back of a morale-boosting victory over the champions Real Madrid last weekend, claiming a 2-1 home victory.
Quique Setien’s side have beaten Espanyol, Valencia and Real Madrid in their last three league matches, which has left them in sixth place in the table on 27 points, just one point behind fourth-placed Real Betis.
Villarreal are also active in the Europa Conference League and the Copa del Rey, with club facing Real Madrid in the last-16 stage of the latter on January 17.
Celta Vigo vs. Villarreal Head to head
In the previous 34 meetings between these two sides, Celta Vigo have claimed 14 victories while Villarreal have won 13, and they have drawn in seven. Villarreal have scored 52 goals and conceded 43 in the process.
13/06/2020Celta Vigo0Villarreal1La Liga
08/01/2021Celta Vigo0Villarreal4La Liga
09/05/2021Villarreal2Celta Vigo4La Liga
20/11/2021Celta Vigo1Villarreal1La Liga
12/03/2022Villarreal1Celta Vigo0La Liga
Celta Vigo Team News
Following their performance against Elche, head coach Carvalhal is likely to name a similar starting XI, with a 5-3-2 formation featuring Aspas in the final third of the field.
Goncalo Paciencia is likely to drop out for Jorgen Strand Larsen up front, which is a substitution that occured at the interval last time out.
Celta Vigo's Last 5 Matches
13/12/2022Brentford1Celta Vigo3Club Friendlies
22/12/2022Gernika0Celta Vigo3Copa del Rey
30/12/2022Celta Vigo1Sevilla1La Liga
03/01/2023Espanyol(E)3Celta Vigo1Copa del Rey
06/01/2023Elche0Celta Vigo1La Liga
Villarreal Team News
Nicolas Jackson and Giovani Lo Celso remain doubts for Villarreal due to injury, while the visitors will be missing Raul Albiol and Alex Baena due to suspensions.
Etienne Capoue missed out against Real Madrid due to muscular fatigue, but he should be able to return for this game, while Aissa Mandi is expected to take the place of Albiol.
Villarreal's Last 5 Matches
20/12/2022Guijuelo1Villarreal2(E)Copa del Rey
03/01/2023FC Cartagena1Villarreal5Copa del Rey
07/01/2023Villarreal2Real Madrid1La Liga
Celta Vigo vs. Villarreal: Odds and Predictions
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