Sevilla’s target to return to the Champions League next season seems harder than expectation. They are now sitting on the fifth of the standings with thirty nine points and still involved in the tight race for top four with Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Valencia. Their inconsistency seems to be the real issue. This weekend should be a perfect one to be back on winning days while taking on Celta Vigo. They are still stuck in the relegation zone with only seventeen points.
Celta Vigo news:
The appointment of Oscar Garcia as Celta’s boss seems to be under questioning. After the surprising result at the beginning while defeating Villareal in the away match, Iago Aspas and Co’s form seems to be stagnant with the eight consecutive winless results lately. Last weekend, they failed again while hosting Eibar despite dominating the game and having a number of clear chances. They were held in a goalless draw. Their latest signings such as Fyodor Smolov, Jeison Murillo and Filip Bradaric seem to have been unable to make the difference yet.
Their counterpart, Sevilla, shares the similar result last weekend. They were also held in 1-1 draw while meeting Leganes in their own home turf. Julen Lopetegui’s targetman issue seems to be unresolved yet. Neither Luuk De Jong nor Munir El Haddadi performs satisfyingly, including in their previous game. Sevilla was even one goal behind first as Joselu tucked in. What was even more disappointing that they had to rely on Lucas Ocampos’ penalty in order to equalise instead of a goal by an open play. Their new signing from this winter transfer window, Suso and Youssef En-Nesyri, have not managed to impress their boss yet.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Oscar Garcia might opt for 5-3-2 or attempting to deploy 3-4-2-1 or 4-4-2 to expose more attacks on both wings plus frustrating their contender’s attack before striking back by a counter attack. Luckily, only the reserved players such as Kevin Vasquez and David Junca will be sidelined for this game.
Celta Vigo: Sergio Alvarez; Nestor Araujo, Jeison Murillo, David Costas, Hugo Mallo, Lucas Olaza; Okay Yokuslu, Denis Saurez, Rafinha ; Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas.
Julen Lopetegui has been in favour of 4-3-3 all this season long. He still counts on the Dutch Luuk de Jong supported by Lucas Ocampos and Suso to provide more crossings as well as shots from both wings. There is only one name, Oliver Torres, in their injury table.
Sevilla: Tomas Vaclik; Jesus Navas, Sergio Reguilon, Diego Carlos, Sergio Gomez; Ever Banega, Fernando, Joan Jordan; Suso, Lucas Ocampos, Luuk De Jong.
These two teams are actually quite even in their head-to-head encounters. In fact, the host has been the slight dominant side with three wins and one draw in the last six meetings. The visitor’s side only manages to win twice.
Despite both teams’s contrast position on the table, they have one mission, to seal three points to save their own campaign. Ever Banega and Co is surely the favourite in this outing. Yet, if Celta could come up with the superb tactical approach and improve their form, a draw would be a fair result for both.
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