The hosts are trying to close the gap between them and the Yellow Submarine to three points with a win on Friday. Whether they are capable of doing it, find out in our Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Preview.
Celta Vigo Recent Form & Team News
Eduardo Coudet has brought real change to Celta Vigo, who sat rock bottom with one win in ten prior to his appointment but have since avoided defeat in six of seven LaLiga games (W5, D1, L1). Moreover, Celta have scored 2.0 goals per-match on average under ‘Chacho’, whilst also leading at HT in their last three league wins.
Celta have won each of their last four home league games, conceding just once across the last 335 minutes of play here, and are one of just three sides yet to draw a home league game. Additionally, they have won at both HT/FT in their last three games here, but lost all three home games entered as outsiders this term.
Player to watch: Santi Mina is set to feature in the absence of top scorer Iago Aspas. Mina scored before missing a penalty last time out and will look to improve on his record of just one goal in 13 H2Hs.
Hot stat: Celta’s home league games this campaign average 3.25 total goals per-match – the division’s second highest.
Eduardo Coudet will be without Sergio Alvarez (knee), Iago Aspas (ankle), and David Junca (shoulder). Renato Tapia (suspension) and Kevin Vazquez (calf) are also out, while Nolito (muscle) is questionable to play.
Villarreal Recent Form & Team News
Despite the host’s flying form, European hopefuls Villarreal head into this as favorites despite winning just two of their last eight LaLiga matches (W2, D5, L1). Unai Emery’s side is still without a loss when starting as favorites in this LL season (W6, D6), although Emery-led sides have won just three of nine games versus Celta (D3, L3).
The first goal will be crucial in avoiding defeat here for Villarreal, as they are yet to score a goal in reply when conceding first away from home in LL, whilst they are yet to keep a clean sheet when striking first (W2, D2). Notably, Villarreal’s away league games are often settled by the break, with all but one producing the FT result mirror that of HT.
Player to watch: Gerard Moreno has had a hand in six goals in as many appearances vs Celta (four goals, two assists).
Unai Emery cannot count on Paco Alcacer (muscle), Iborra (knee), Mario Gaspar (muscle), and Alberto Moreno (knee). Francis Coquelin (muscle) is questionable to feature on Friday.
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