Preview - Celta Vigo vs Valencia 25 August 19

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Match Day 2
Celta Vigo vs. Valencia
Sunday, August 25th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Abanca - Balaídos

Celta Vigo:
Last five matches form: D W L D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.39
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.63
Top Scorer (18/19): Iago Aspas (20)

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.92
Top Scorer (18/19): Dani Parejo (9)

Celta Vigo faced a tough start to the season last weekend and duly come unstuck against Real Madrid here at home. They get an immediate chance to bounce back with another game in front of their own fans as Valencia come to town on Match Day 2.

The past six meetings between these two have all either finished in a draw or saw the sides separated by a single goal at the end of ninety minutes. Valencia picked up the points with a 2-1 win in the game here last season, with the match at the Mestalla ending in a 1-1 draw.

Santi Mina and David Juncà are out injured for the home side. No injuries for Valenica, but Francis Coquelin does miss out through suspension.

Both sides will likely be a little disappointed with how the opening weekend went, with Valencia being held to a draw at home to Real Sociedad.

It was a real mixed bag for Vigo at home last season, with eight wins and seven defeats across their 19 fixtures. They have scored two or more in five of their last six at home in the league. That kind of attacking output will always give them a chance in games.

Valencia proved to be a pretty tough nut to crack on the road last term, with only five defeats in 19.

Celta did concede three to Madrid last weekend, but one of them was an absolute worldy and they don't face as strong an attacking side here. If they can bag two goals - as they have been doing - that may well be enough to see them come out on top.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 2 - 1 Valencia


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  10 - 9
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 55% - 45%

Just the one booking for the home side at the Municipal de Balaidos, with referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez taking the name of Lucas Olaza. Yellow cards were also issued to Jose Luis Gaya and Dani Parejo of Valencia.

A narrow but deserved success for Celta Vigo. The home side had the greater number of chances, and would have been a little unfortunate had they not come away from this one with all three points.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 15th minute, and it was a beauty. The home side attacking down the right but quickly switching play to Denis Suarez in the left of the eighteen yard box. Suarez laying the ball across the six-yard box for fellow new boy Gabriel Fernandez to finish with a lovely deft flick into the bottom right corner, from towards the left corner of the six-yard box.

Vigo were continuing to look the more dangerous side and had a couple of decent opportunities to double their advantage. It was however Valencia who came closest to the second goal - Vigo keeper Ruben Blanco doing really well to tip a stabbed Daniel Wass volley onto the crossbar.

Valencia were getting into good positions and played a couple of really dangerous balls across the six yard box, but were unable to convert. 1-0 at the break.

It was end to end stuff at times after the interval - Fernandez going close again for Vigo but this time being denied by the legs of Jasper Cillessen. Nothing really clear cut for Valencia.

Denis Suarez then had the chance to put the seal on matters in the 93rd minute from the spot, only to see his effort saved down low to the left-hand side. 1-0 final score.

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