Sunday, 12 March 2017

Celta Vigo - Villarreal

PICK: Villarreal AH 0 @1,82 PINNACLE 4/10

Today at 18:30 on Balaidos in Vigo, 11th placed Celta will host 6th Villarreal. Celta is coming to match after winning Krasnodar on Thursday, while Villarreal had whole week after winning Espanyol 2-0, to prepare on next opponent. 

Celta is right now in bad position what if we are comparing it to their final position of the last year, but they are still in Europa League, and I believe that main focus for them is there. They are the only Spanish team still alive in this competition and they are facing tough away match in Russia on Thursday. They will be without some important players today as Guidetti, Sisto, Jonny and Fontas - all participated in win over Krasnodar on Thursday, are not even named in the squad. Besides them out are also midfielder Hernandez and goalkeeper Blanco. 

Villarreal won 4 of last 5 matches, while the only defeat is this outrageous match against Real Madrid at home, where they were 2-0 in front and lost in last seconds of the match. Only absences are Asenjo, Cheryshev and Adrian, which means that except first goalkeeper Asenjo who finished this season due to injury, Fran Escriba can name the strongest lineup. He said that team is well prepared, that there is good mood in locker room and that they are going on Balaidos to win another 3 points. Mario Gaspar was even talking honestly about wishing to reach 4th place and qualifications for Champions league. In my opinion this goal is not unreachable as with 3 points today, they will be again only 4 points behind Atletico Madrid who's not consistent this season. 

I think that Celta will be with minds on Krasnodar as they really want to reach next phase and stay in European competition. They will miss two key players in offensive part, I wouldn't be surprised if even Iago Aspas would stay on the bench, while on the other hand almost full squad of Villarreal with whole week of preparation on Celta who is among the teams with lots of weaknesses this season, conceding 44 goals on 25 matches and I can not see Villarreal losing on Balaidos today.

FT: 0-1

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