Preview - Villareal vs Celta Vigo 29 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Villareal vs Celta Vigo
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
03:45 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio de la CerĂ¡mica

Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Carlos Bacca (12)

Celta Vigo:
Last five matches form: D W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.56
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Iago Aspas (20)

Two sides with European aspirations meet at the Estadio de la CerĂ¡mica on Match Day 35 in La Liga as Celta Vigo head to Villareal.

Villareal are strong favourites to make the Europa League. The Yellow Submarines currently reside in sixth spot, three points clear of eighth and with a game in hand on their rivals. Bruno Soriano and Ramiro Guerra will be absent from the match day squad but Fernando Roig should be able to call upon close to a full strength line-up.

For Celta Vigo there is a lot of work to be done if they are to gate-crash the Europa League party. Down in tenth they are nevertheless only three points off seventh and have a chance with four games still to play. A positive result here would go some way to enhancing their claims. The absence of Nemanja Radoja and Facundo Roncaglia is an inconvenience, but the loss of 20 goal man, Iago Aspas, rates as a serious blow.

If Celta Vigo do fail to make the European places, it will likely be their late season away form which is to blame. They arrive here having lost five of their last six on the road, registering just two goals in the process.

Villareal are hit and miss on home soil at the minute, winning three and losing three of their last six. They look in marginally the better shape headed into this though and should have too much.

Prediction: Villareal 2 - 0 Celta Vigo


Half time: 3 - 1
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 13 - 15
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 7
Possession: 38% - 62%

Two bookings for the home side, with referee Javier Alberola taking the names of Manuel Trigueros and Samuel Castillejo. Celta Vigo kept out of trouble throughout, except on the scoresheet.

Celta Vigo were blown away in the first half by a blistering Carlos Bacca hattrick.

The frontman grabbed his first in the 13th minute. Bacca should never have been able to latch onto Daniel Raba's through ball, but some terrible Celta Vigo allowed him to pick the ball up just inside the area. The Colombian cleverly taking the ball around keeper Sergio Alvarez and slotting home.

Celta Vigo equalised in the 34th minute courtesy of a howler from Villareal keeper Sergio Asenjo. Pione Sisto's effort from just inside the area on the left-hand side was low and on target, but Asenjo should never have let the ball squirm underneath his body at the near post.

The visitors were on level terms for all of a minute.

Rodrigo Hernandez taking the ball into the Celta half before playing a perfectly weighted through ball to Bacca running into the right-hand side of the box. With defenders bearing down on him Bacca finished really well into the top right corner.

Bacca wasn't done yet though and in the 38th minute he ensured the match ball was his. Celta Vigo all at sea when Villareal played a long ball out of defence. Daniel Raba running into the box on the left and drawing both the sole defender and goalkeeper before playing the ball to his right to allow Bacca to tap in. 3-1 at half-time.

Celta did try and get back into this but were wide open on the counter and had had a number of warnings before Villareal grabbed their fourth in the third minute of stoppage time. Pablo Fonals sprinting from half way before playing in Samuel Castillejo on the right. The keeper getting a hand to it but still being beaten at his near post.

Villareal move six points clear of Sevilla to solidify their sixth placed position.

Just three points adrift of Sevilla, Celta Vigo's European aspirations aren't dead just yet, but down in 11th, they will need a lot to go their way.

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