Celta Vigo vs Real Betis: Looking for Points to Bounce Back
Celta was on cloud nine when they managed to hold Barcelona in a draw dramatically. Yet, they seemed to be carried away with that result which led to another loss. They are now in danger again by sitting on the seventeenth with only five points above the relegation zone. This weekend they will be welcoming Real Betis which is also on the same mission, looking for a momentum to bounce back after the negative results. It is undoubtedly a clash of two hurtful teams.
Celta Vigo news
Iago Aspas and Co were really shocked at the previous game. They were hammered 1-5 by the team below them which is currently fighting for safety, Mallorca. Celta already conceded three times at the first half by Ante Budimirs penalty, Juan Hernandez and Sevilla loanee Alenjandro Pozo. Iago Aspas was able to score a lifeline by another excellent penalty of him. Yet, Ante Budimir hit back to complete his brace before Salva Sevillas long range drive closed the score sheet.
Real Betis news
Their counterpart from Andalusia suffered another loss in the midweek. They were beaten by Villareal 0-2. Gerrado Moreno was the nightmare in Betis’ defense line as he netted a brace. He even could score more if Joel Robles and Marc Batra had not been able to make more saves and clearance.
Missing players and probable lineups
Oscar Garcia might be opting for 5-3-2 or with the transition to 3-4-2-1 or 4-4-2 to initiate attacks on both wings to support duo frontmen, Iago Aspas and Fyodor Smolov plus attempting for long range shots as well as penetrating the defense relying on the speedy attacking midfielder such as Pione Sisto. However, Denis Suarez will have to sit out along with Sergio Alvarez, Hugo Mallo, David Junca and Fran Beltran.
Celta Vigo: Ruben Blanco; Nestor Araujo, Jeison Murillo, Joseph Aidoo, Kevin Vazquez, Lucas Olaza; Okay Yokuslu, Filip Bradaric, Rafinha ; Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas.
The newly appointed Betis manager, Alexis Trujillo, seems to be in favour of the similar 3-4-2-1 formation. Yet, there is a chance that he could modify it to 4-3-3 as Nabil Fekir is still suspended while he has a number of wingers in the squad such as Christian Tello, Sergio Canales, Joaquin, Juanmi and Alex Moreno plus the series of disappointing result in the past two outings.
Real Betis: Joel Robles; Alex Moreno, Sidnei, Marc Bartra, Emerson ; Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho, Carles Alena; Cristian Tello, Sergio Canales, Loren Moron.
The Andalusian side seems to be more dominant in their head-to-head encounters. They have been able to win four times and had one draw only in the last six meetings. The host, in fact, has only managed to win once.
Both teams are on the mission to secure three points for the sake of their mentality so that they can revive and pick up the remaining points this season to stay in the top flight. The pressure will be bigger on the home side as they are now still just above the red zone in the standings. If Betis does not make any change in their system of play or tactics, Rafinha and Co can take advantage of it and seal a win in the end.
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