Preview: Celta Vigo – Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side travel to Celta Vigo for the final La Liga (LL) fixture of the weekend. Before the start of play on this packed day, Celta sit inbetween a very tight mid-table section on 21 points – only six points separate seventh and 16th place in the league.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Real Madrid are not looking too comfortable themselves in terms of the table, as despite a game in hand over their closest rivals, they still sit in fourth – 14 points off the beat from their historic rivals Barcelona and five behind city rivals Atletico. Zidane needs a big response from his players before they slip completely out of contention.

The transfer talk is rife in Madrid, differing reports are suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo is unsettled in the capital – but this has been the story every transfer window. However, surprisingly he is now being linked with a return to the Premier League with Chelsea according to Guillem Balague. Tottenham star, Harry Kane, has been identified as a long term replacement by Florentino Perez, who remains confident of signing him in the summer.

Celta Vigo may feel confident coming into this fixture as their previous match was at home to Barcelona in which they managed a well-earned 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey.

Players to watch: Known only as a flop in England, Celta striker Iago Aspas has found the form of a lifetime! He is the second highest scorer in the league behind Messi with 11 goals, and is on a scoring run of six goals in his last six appearances. Real shockingly have no players with more than four goals, however Ronaldo is finally finding a bit of form with three in his last three (LL).

Stat attack: Each of the last eight meetings between these two sides has seen over 2.5 goals in total, Real Madrid scored 2+ in seven of these games and both teams have scored (BTTS) in each of the last seven (all comps.). Real Madrid are unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 away in the league – five of Celta’s last six home games has saw under 2.5 goals in total, four of these games saw one team score.

 

Missing players

Celta Vigo: Kevin (foot injury), J. Castro (doubtful)

Real Madrid: D. Carvajal (suspension), L. Zidane (shoulder injury), K. Benzema (doubtful), S. Ramos (doubtful).