Preview - Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo 17 February 20

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Match Day 24
Real Madrid  vs. Celta Vigo
Monday, February 17th 2020
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 0.61
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (13)
Celta Vigo:
Last five matches form: D D D L W
Average goals per match: 0.83
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Iago Aspas ( 8 )

It is the league leaders who are last up on Match Day 24 in La Liga, as table toppers Real Madrid welcome fourth bottom Celta Vigo to the Santiago Bernabéu.

With Barcelona only three points back in second, Real know they likely can't afford many slip-ups, and certainly not in what would look to be routine home fixtures such as this one.

Every point is big one for Vigo at present. Fourth bottom is certainly a precarious position to be in, particularly as each of the three sides currently in the drop zone are only two points behind them.

Real Madrid have won each of the four most recent wins between the sides, including a 2-0 win in the game here last season, and a 3-1 success in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Real Madrid do have a few injury doubts, but Marco Asensio is the only confirmed absentee at present. The suspended Hugo Mallo looks like being the only absentee for the visitors.

Real Madrid continue to perform like potential champions, at least in terms of results, and head into this unbeaten in 14 in La Liga. They have been solid in going unbeaten in their first eleven here at home - keeping six clean sheets and scoring two or more seven times.

Vigo have won only one of their last nine in La Liga, but that did come in their most recent fixture when beating Sevilla at home. They have struggled on the road though in winning only one of eleven - scoring more than once in only two of those games.

This ought to be a straightforward win for the league leaders. Vigo simply don't look to have enough going forward to hurt them.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Celta Vigo


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 15 - 5
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 3
Possession: 66% - 34%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Javier Alberola Rojas taking the names of Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal of the home side and Lucas Olaza and Okay Yokuslu of the visitors.

It was an excellent start for Vigo, with the visitors taking the lead in just the seventh minute. Iago Aspas splitting the defence with a through-ball to play in Fedor Smolov clean through down the middle. Smart finish from Smolov into the bottom right from the edge of the area and central.

It nearly got even better too. A Joseph Aidoo header forcing an excellent stop from Thibaut Courtois. 0-1 at the interval.

Seven minutes into the second half the home side were back on level terms. An overlapping Marcelo played in in the left of the area and cutting the ball back to Toni Kroos around 14-yards out and to the left of centre. No mistake from Kroos who fired home into the bottom left.

Madrid then took the lead in the 65th minute. Ruben Blanco needlessly bringing Eden Hazard down in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Sergio Ramos firing home into the bottom left.

Back came Vigo though, with the visitors grabbing an equaliser four minutes from time. A really incisive through-ball from Denis Suarez slipping in Santi Mina in the right of the area. Mina firing home into the bottom left from eight yards or so.

2-2 final score.

Disappointing result for Real Madrid. They do still stay top of the table, but are now only one point clear of big rivals and defending champions Barcelona. Excellent point for Vigo and enough to keep them fourth bottom and out of the relegation zone - albeit only on goal difference.

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