Celta Vigo 1-1 Villarreal – Betting Review


Match Summary

Celta Vigo got a late but fully deserved leveller to see both themselves and Villarreal extend their respective unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw at Balaídos

Villarreal scored early and their weakened team then dug in to try and hold onto what would have been a big win for the club. However, the host had other ideas and eventually turned their pressure and opportunities into a goal, thanks to a strike from sub Jørgen Strand Larsen.

It was the visitors, fresh from last week’s confidence-boosting Real Madrid, that began brightly and with a spark in their play. Pau Torres had a headed goal ruled out from Gerard Moreno’s cross, but the flag had gone up for offside.

The inform Moreno has been in sensational form since returning from injury and his fantastic half-volley flew into the left corner to give the visitors the early lead.

Celta reacted very well to give them credit. The hosts came close to equalising when Gabriel Veiga’s shot from inside the area was blocked by the defence.

From this moment a new trend saw Celta dominate and play in Villarreal’s half. The away team sat deep and played on breaks, and when they did keep the ball it was to run the clock down.

Celta Vigo’s efforts in the final third continued to let them down in the second half, and Villarreal almost stunned him with a sucker punch on the hour.

The relentless host continued to probe and with just over 20 minutes remaining, they found a deserved leveller. An inch-perfect pass from Veiga let the sub-Larsen in, and the substitute fired in at the near post.

All the momentum was with the Galician club but they couldn’t manage to score a winner. Had Celta found a goal to win it then it would have been with merit. Fair score 2-1.


Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. The punter could not pick a clear favourite and the closeness in this section was justified with the match drawn. The backers of a draw won @ 3.10.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Again the betting markets were right in anticipating a close match with both teams being offered ‘draw no bet’. It meant a bet on either side meant punters got their entire stake back.

Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. Continuing with the accuracy of the market in the above fields, the line was perfectly set at 2.25 as 2-1 would have been fairer than 1-1. In short, it could easily have gone over, but ended up a half-win for Unders @ 1.98. Those who bet Over got half of their stake back.