Celta Vigo’s campaign in La Liga this season has not been going well so far. They are currently still stuck in the middle of the table with only one win in six matches. Fran Escriba’s men do not seem to reach their peak form yet. This weekend, they have a chance to seal another win when they take on Espanyol. This team, whose home turf is also in Barcelona, has been worse by laying on the bottom of the table. These two will be facing off in Estadio Balaidos, Vigo on 26th September.
Celta Vigo news:
Before the end of transfer window, Celta had a great addition for the squad. They are the former Barcelona’s versatile midfielder, Rafinha Alcantara and the former Valencia’s forward centre, Santi Mina. Unfortunately, their arrival has not made a great impact to the team yet. They have been unable to win in the past four games. Last weekend, Iago Aspas and Co only held Atletico Madrid in a goalless draw in Wanda Metropolitano. A couple of shots on target failed to be optimised by them. Luckily, the goalie Ruben Blanco performed well and became the man of the match.
Espanyol’s campaign in La Liga is not as impressive as expected this season. They only managed to win once in five matches. David Gallego’s men suffered another defeat last weekend when they were hosting Real Sociedad. William Jose’s brace and Alexander Isak’s strike brought a nightmare to their home fans as they were beaten 1-3. Their summer signings such as Mathias Vargas, Jonathan Calleri and Ander Iturraspe have not done much to improve the team.
Missing Players and Probable Lineups:
Fran Escriba will be able to play his winning team in this game and employ offensive 4-4-2 formation to end their winless weeks. He has no players in the injury table.
Celta Vigo: Ruben Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Nestor Araujo, Joseph Aidoo, Lucas Olaza; Stanislav Lobotka, Denis Suarez, Rafinha, Okan Yokuslu; Iago Aspas, Santi Mina.
David Gallego is normally in favour of 4-4-2 this season. He might opt for it again or modify it to 4-5-1 as some of the key figures will be sidelined due to injuries for Ander Iturraspe (shoulder injury), Facundo Feyrera (Torn muscle fibre), Pablo Piatti (Cruciate ligament rupture) and Sebastian Corchia (muscle injury).
Espanyol: Diego Lopez; Naldo, Fernando Calero, Luis Lopez, Adria Pedrosa; Esteban Granero, Marc Roca, David Lopez, Wu Lei, Mathias Vargas; Jonathan Calleri.
The visitor seems to have a rather positive record in their head-to-head games against the host. They have been undefeated in the last five matches versus Celta Vigo. However, most of them end in a draw.
Playing at home is definitely an advantage for Celta Vigo. However, it will not be easy if they do not improve their finishing touch. Thus, a draw result is the most plausible one.
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