Real Madrid takes on Celta Vigo in the Spanish Primera Liga on Sunday night, 05 February 2017 at Balaídos stadium. Its a massive game for Blancos considering they can put a real daylight between them and chasing pack with a win specially if Sevilla and Barcelona drop points in their respective games earlier in the season. Celta Vigo are not pushovers specially at home where they have won 7 of the opening 10 home games.
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid – Spanish La Liga
Date & Time: Sunday, 05 February 2017 @ 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time
TV Channels: beIN Sports (US, Middle-east, Australia)
Highlights: If you missed the live action, you can always tune in here for full match extended video available immediately after the game.
Match Preview: Real Madrid has incredible record against Celta Vigo and we can expect another win for Los Blancos. However their most recent meet was in Copa Del Rey where Celta knocked out Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate thanks to 2-1 win at Bernabue and 2-2 draw at home. They might have another surprise in store this weekend.
Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Copa Del Rey 2017 Quarterfinal – 2nd Leg ]
44′ 1 – 0 Danilo scored an own goal just before the halftime as Celta Vigo go 3-1 up on Aggregate.
62′ 1 – 1 Cristiano Ronaldo brought Madrid back into the tie with a super goal midway through second half.
85′ 2 – 1 Daniel Wass’s late goal secure Celta Vigo’s semifinal berth for 2017 Copa Del Rey.
90′ 2 – 2 Lucas Vazquez scores late in injury time but was not enough to bring Madrid back into the match.
Celta Vigo on the other hand has over-achieved by everyone’s expectations they currently sit 6th in the table with 42 points and has been very good away from home winning 6 of the 13 games. They will make it hard for Real Madrid and it will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo and co can match Barcelona who put 6 past Celta Vigo a few weeks back.
Team News & Lineups: Gareth Bale is back in training and might play some part on Saturday but Karim Benzema is expected to be out for several weeks which gives Lucas Vasquez and Jese a chance to claim their place in the starting lineup. However against Celta Madrid is likely to lineup with Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez trio upfront. Marcelo is still struggling for fitness and might be given another week for recovery while Sergio Ramos, Modric and Isco are all fit should start against Celta.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Match Predictions: Although Real Madrid’s home form has been superb where only Ateltico and Barcelona got away with full points but I can see Celta causing an upset here. Real Madrid have some problems in the dressing room with Ronaldo coming out and slatting team mates and that is bound to have effect on the team. Celta Vigo matched Barcelona at camp nou for 45 minutes but a sending off changed the game in second half. I do think the kind of season Celta are having they might win at on Saturday.
Real Madrid 1-1 Celta Vigo Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
60′ 1 – 0 Alvaro Morata scored from a close range after Celta failed to clear the lines off intial shot.
67′ 1 – 1 Fabian Orellana equalized minutes later with a important goal.
82′ 2 – 1 Toni Kroos scores the winner in 82nd minute.