Preview - Deportivo Alavés vs Celta Vigo 24 February 19

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Match Day 25
Deportivo Alavés  vs. Celta Vigo
Sunday, February 24th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mendizorrotza Stadium

Deportivo Alavés: 
Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.04
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Jony, Jonathan Calleri & Borja Bastón (4)

Celta Vigo:
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.79
Top Scorer: Iago Aspas (10)

Two sides currently not at the top of their game clash at the Mendizorrotza on Match Day 25 in La Liga as sixth placed Deportivo Alavés play host to fourth bottom Celta Vigo.

Alavés came out narrowly on top in the first game between the sides this season with a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture. Alavés also edged the game here last season, but again only narrowly, with a 2-1 success.

Alavés look to have the benefit of having a fully fit squad from which to select here. Celta Vigo will be without injured top scorer Iago Aspas and the suspended duo of Kevin Vázquez and Ryad Boudebouz.

Alavés form has tailed off a little overall of late but they did get back to winning ways in their most recent game here when despatching Levante 2-0. They have been largely excellent at home this season, losing just the once in eleven games.

Defensive solidity has been the name of the game for Alavés as they aim to follow the Atlético Madrid template for success. They haven't conceded more than once in any of their home games this season.

Celta Vigo started the season in indifferent form, but have now regressed to being pretty awful - losing seven of their past eight in La Liga. They are currently outside of the relegation zone, but only by a solitary point and will find themselves firmly in the mire if this run continues much longer.

The Celta philosophy is almost the polar opposite of that of Alavés. An approach which has seen them score in all bar one of their away fixtures. They have however won only twice and have lost each of their last four.

Celta do hold a slight edge in attack, but Alavés have a much better defence and can take this.

Prediction: Deportivo Alavés 2 - 1 Celta Vigo


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 47% - 53%

No goals at the Mendizorroza, but two bookings apiece. Ximo Navarro and Ruben Duarte of Deportivo Alavés seeing yellow, with Okay Yokuslu and Hugo Mallo of Celta Vigo also having their names taken by referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande.

Very little in the way of clear-cut chances for either side in the opening period of the game. The best of the opportunities there were probably falling to Guillermo Maripan of Alavés who got on the end of a cross from deep on the right but could only glance his header wide. 0-0 at the break.

The home side continued to have just about the best of it after the break. Manu Garcia found in the area with another ball from the right and getting plenty on his header but directing it high and wide. Jony then went close when firing in a 25-yard free kick from the right-hand side. His effort was headed for the bottom left corner, but Ruben Blanco got down well to palm the ball around the post.

Celta were threatening only sporadically on the counter attack. One such break ending with Brais Mendez forcing a decent stop from Fernando Pacheco with an effort from just outside the eighteen-yard box. 

The best chance of the game arrived in the 71st minute and again fell to Maripan. A free kick from the right dropping kindly for the centre back around seven yards out. He fired at goal only for Blanco to produce an excellent stop down to his right-hand side.

No change in the standings for either side at the end of Match Day 25. Deportivo Alavés stay sixth and in the last of the Europa League qualifying positions at present - still only two points off the top four though. Celta Vigo meanwhile are just about keeping their heads above water in fourth bottom and two points clear of the relegation zone.

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