Celta Vigo vs Villarreal – Betting Preview

Celta Vigo Summary

Recently appointed boss Carlos Carvalhal finally got his first win in charge of Celta Vigo, with a massively important win over basement club Elche last weekend.

That 0-1 away win marked the first time Celta Vigo has gone three league games unbeaten this season. They’re now one more victory from moving into midtable.

The boss will hope now to build on that three points and continue to move away from the drop zone in this Friday night contest.

There are no injury concerns or suspensions and so the manager has the luxury of keeping an unchanged team to face a much tougher opponent than the Elche match, though little to no moves are expected.

The only doubt in the starting side for Carvalhal is which player from Gonçalo Paciencia and Jorgen Strand Larsen partner key man Iago Aspas.


Villarreal Summary

Following their astoundingly positive results since reopening the improved home stadium the Estadio Cerámica, the morale and confidence in Villarreal are extremely positive.

The home win over Real Madrid was hailed by new manager Quique Setién as “an extraordinary game”, and with those vital 3 points, Villarreal can get into the top four if they beat Celta Vigo here.

Villarreal has big losses in their team which is of concern. They are missing key defensive men in Raúl Albiol and Álex Baena, both out with suspension.

On top of those bans Nicolás Jackson and Alfonso Pedraza are out injured along with the long-term absence of Lo Celso.

Capoue has not trained all week and so also could miss out on the start.


Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the public cannot pick a clear favourite for this match. Celta Vigo at home is @ 2.75 to win and Villarreal is only slightly bigger @ 2.80. The draw could be the logical outcome with Villarreal, clearly seen as the more effective and stronger side, missing key men. It is also likely that the home side Celta will accept the point to maintain much needed momentum. The draw is @ 3.10.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Once more the punter cannot split the two clubs right now, with a draw-no bet being offered on both Celta -0 @ 1.90 and Villarreal -0 @ 1.96. Purely on value and despite their negative team news, the visitor would be the preference here.

Looking at The Under/Over market last of all which looks fairly low at 2.25. Villarreal creates and concedes chances and missing key defensive pieces could see a decent Celta attack score at least once. Celta’s game in Elche was very open and Villarreal is very clinical, over 2.25 @ 1.95 is a strong preference in this market. Under 2.25 is @ 1.98.