Villarreal visit Vigo to play Celta at their Balaidos ground, fresh off a nice home win at the weekend against Espanyol. Celta will be looking to avenge a 5-0 shellacking in Vila-real earlier this season, but will also have an eye on their Europa league match later in the week, where they travel to Krasnodar protecting a slim 2-1 home lead.
Villarreal are still without Denis Cheryshev and Adrian Lopez, in addition to Sergio Asenjo. Our travelling party is:
- Keepers: Andrés Fernández, Barbosa.
- Defenders: Mario, Rukavina, Jaume Costa, Álvaro, Musacchio, Víctor Ruiz.
- Midfielders: Bruno, Rodrigo, Trigueros, Jonathan dos Santos, Soriano, Samu Castillejo.
- Forwards: Soldado, Bakambu, Santos Borré, Sansone.
So Bonera and Jose Angel are omitted, in addition to the injured folks.
Celta Vigo are still without goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, and Pablo Hernandez has a knock so we may see Jozabed in his place. Beyond that, I’m thinking Iago Aspas may not start, as he will be needed on Thursday. Maybe Giuseppe Rossi starts against his old club? Note too that Claudio Beauvue, who was signed from Lyon in the summer but suffered an Achilles tendon injury, is fit so could start in place of Giudetti.
All-time record: Villarreal have done well at home (6-2-3 in the Primera) but have won only once in ten tries in Vigo—we’re 1-3-6. However, that one win and three draws were in our last four visits; we last lost in Balaidos in February 2006.
Trivia: When we won here 3-1 in October 2014, two of our goals were scored by Moi Gomez...who scored against Celta for Sporting in late February. Of his ten Primera goals, three have come against Os Celestes.
Prediction: Celta have a good home record, but their recent form has been in-and-out, with only a victory against Osasuna at home in their last five matches. Villarreal have only lost twice on the road this season. I’m going to say 1-1, but I won’t be too shocked if we come away with a 2-1 win here. I just think Celta may mentally be more focused on this year’s Europa League at this point.