Celta Vigo v Athletic Club – Betting Preview

 

Celta Vigo Summary

Since taking charge at Celta a couple of months ago it has been gradual progress for the boss Carlos Carvalhal. The Portuguese technician was just starting to get a tune out of his team, but the run and positive performances when they crashed with a flat 1-0 defeat in Mallorca last time out.

That loss and the performance were a setback, but only a mini one should they be able to come away with a positive result and showing against Athletic Bilbao, a big rival club.

The mood and confidence in Galicia are good and they can send out their best team to face Athletic.

There are no injury concerns for the game in Balaidos. Based on Friday’s training session, the local press confidently predicts the following side: Marchesín; Mingueza, Aidoo, Núñez, Galan; Tapia; Veiga, Carles Perez, Oscar; Aspas and Strand Larsen.

 

Athletic Summary

Athletic Club were boosted by a vital cup win on Wednesday and it was much needed to improve their confidence and mood.

The Basques have dropped off their league form in recent weeks and come into this nursing wounds after being comprehensively beaten by Real Madrid at home last weekend, and Real Sociedad away the league encounter before that loss.

Top four has become a distant aim for Athletic, they start the weekend outside of the European places and that is now the only target.

Motivation is strong for what is considered a rival game against Celta Vigo. The Basques will take a large travelling support with them too.

Ernesto Valverde has almost a full-strength squad but only if Inaki Williams is cleared of a knee problem. The Speedster Williams may not be risked from the start as a result, the club will scan his problem area again on Saturday before a decision is made.

Yeray is back from a ban and will sit alongside Íñigo Martínez.

 

Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 betting first. With Celta Vigo at home, these end up as two quite well-matched sides on the market. Athletic is on the road but will have a couple of thousand fans with them which is very rare in Spain, they’re @ 2.70 to win. Celta Vigo is @ 2.90 while the draw looks quite appealing @ 3.05.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. The home side Celta Vigo gets a small start of +0.25, meaning a draw pays half win and the stake returned. Celta +0.25 is @ 2.03 while Atheltci -0.25 is @ 1.86.

Looking at The Under/Over line last of all, which holds more appeal than the above two markets as it dropped from 2.5 down to 2. Over 2 @ 1.85 is a clear preference purely on value. Under 2 is @ 1.96. The View here is that both teams have goals in them and the atmosphere will be excellent and drive both forward. Exactly two goals is a nice safety net too, it would return the stake in full.