Preview - Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid 12 November 18

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Match Day 12
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid
Monday, November 12th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Abanca-Balaídos

Celta Vigo:   
Last five matches form: D L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.82
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Iago Aspas ( 8 )

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (4)

Real Madrid bid to get their rickety old season back on track this weekend as they head to Celta Vigo for what really ought to be a winnable away game. Three points off the top four - a bare minimum requirement for the Spanish giants - no less than three points in this game will suffice here if the Real fans are to be satisfied.

Real couldn't win here last season though, with this game ending in a 2-2 draw. It was a different story at the Bernabéu though, with Real hitting Celta for six with no reply.

Mathias Jensen and Stanislav Lobotka are out for the home side. Santiago Solari must do without Mariano, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Jesús Vallejo.

One thing about Celta Vigo games is that they do tend to be pretty high scoring. Vigo themselves have hit four past Eibar and three past Betis in their last two games. They may not win as often as they would like at home - just seven victories in eighteen - but they are very tough to beat here, with just one defeat in those eighteen games.

Real did beat Vallecano in their latest league game and backed that up with a 5-0 demolition of Viktoria Plzeň away in the Champions League. They have nevertheless won just one of their past six in La Liga, and are bidding to avoid a fourth successive away defeat on the road here.

We fancy Real will manage to avoid losing but fall short of picking the three points, with those injuries at the back possibly proving telling.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 2 - 2 Real Madrid


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  8 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 53% - 47%

Hugo Mallo and David Junca were booked for the home side, who also had Gustavo Cabral dismissed in the 87th minute for a second bookable offence. Sergio Reguilon and Javi Sanchez of Real Madrid also had their names taken by referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

Celta Vigo came close early when striking the inside of the post with a header from a corner but it was Real who struck first in the 23rd minute. Luka Modric lofting the ball over the top for Karim Benzema in the right channel. Excellent control to pluck the ball out of the air from the Frenchman and smart finish into the right of the goal from around 12 yards. 0-1 at the break.

11 minutes into the second half Real doubled their advantage. Benzema's strike from a tight angle on the right striking first the keeper, then the post, and then the unfortunate Gustavo Cabral who was racing back to cover but could only bundle the ball into his own net from point blank range.

Celta clawed a goal back in the 61st minute. Lovely goal too. Hugo Mallo watching Brais Mendez's ball all the way onto his foot to sweep home on the volley into the bottom left from the right hand corner of the eighteen yard box.

The next goal was crucial here and it was Madrid who got it in the 83rd minute. Alvaro Odriozola scythed down with a high challenge in the area. Sergio Ramos dinking his penalty straight down the middle in cheeky style.

Madrid's fourth came in the first minute of added on time. Dani Ceballos advancing towards the Celta area before unleashing a 25 yard rocket into the top right corner.

Celta rounded off the scoring in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Brais Mendez's strike from the edge of the box on the right taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the keeper and find the bottom left corner. 2-4 final score.

Real Madrid move up into sixth spot, now just four points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Celta Vigo slip down to fourteenth.


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