Match Time：1/3/2021 04:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Real Madrid is hosting Celta Vigo at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in round 17 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Real Madrid was on a 6-game winning streak, and they had the same number of points as Atletico Madrid at the top, but Real failed to win their latest LaLiga game against weak Elche. Real was the dominant team in that game with 68% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and high 91% of the correct passes. After leading 0-1 at halftime, Real conceded a goal from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute. After that moment Real was constantly attacking, but they weren’t able to score a goal, and this game ended in a 1-1 draw. Real Madrid is now 2 points behind Atletico Madrid, in second place with 33 points, 28 scored goals, and 15 conceded goals. Hazard and Valverde have entered the game after injuries, and they could be in the starting lineup in this game, especially Hazard. Benzema is Real’s leading goalscorer with 8 goals and 5 assists, while Casemiro, Valverde, and Modric added 3 goals each. Rodrygo is now the only injured player for Real Madrid. After a disappointing draw against Elche, Real will look to get back on the winning track, and I would hate to be in Celta’s shoes.
After yet another sloppy start of the season, Celta has changed their head coach, and improvement is clear. Celta is playing well, and they have won 6 of their last 7 games, while one game ended in a draw. Thanks to this positive streak, Celta has climbed the standings to 8th place with 23 points, 22 scored goals, and 22 conceded goals, and they are now legit contestant for the Europa League spot. Aspas has been in great form for Celta, and he has scored 9 goals and added 6 assists, while Nolito has 4 goals. Alvarez, Vazquez, and Junca are all injured for Celta. In their latest LaLiga game, Celta was hosting Huesca, and they were the better team with 57% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and a solid 86% of the correct passes. Celta was playing well in this game, and they have scored 2 goals, but they also conceded one goal, but they were still able to win this match 2-1. Celta has made a massive right-hand turn after the coaching change, and they are finally where they deserve to be, in the battle for the Europa and the Champions League.
When playing at home, Real has not lost to Celta in their last 3 games, and the trends are on Real’s side in this matchup. Both teams are in good form, and while Real has more depth and quality, I can’t write off Celta in their current form. I think I will pick something on goals here.
Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5