Celta Vigo v Espanyol Betting Tips: Sánchez Flores’ men can go well at Balaídos
As things currently stand in La Liga, these two teams are separated by just a single point in the table having performed with plenty of credit since returning from the continental winter break and will no doubt be looking to continue their progression here.
Considering the fixture pile-up that they’re experiencing, alongside the fact that they scraped a point against a struggling Gijón side at the weekend, it’s surprising that Celta come into this match as such warm favourites. OK, they’re a decent side, but Espanyol are capable of making it tough for anyone and could quite easily upset the hosts in this one. ‘Espanyol Draw No Bet’, at odds of 11/5, is certainly worth a go.
Although Quique Sánchez Flores’ side have recently lost a couple of games – against Real Madrid and Real Sociedad – they were certainly not disgraced in doing so and bounced backed in good style when brushing aside Osasuna to win 3-0 at the weekend. Even though taking three points off relegation-bound Osasuna is the equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel at this moment in time, the manner of their performance will still have pleased their manager – not something that can be said of Celta’s last match, that’s for sure.
Overall this season, Espanyol have been pretty tough to beat, especially on the road. Aside from games against the top-three, the visitors have lost just once away from home during this campaign. Their record of 16 goals conceded might not look that impressive, but if we scratch beneath the surface we can see that they’ve conceded just four in eight matches (discounting matches against the top-three).
Celta do have a fairly respectable record at home this season, but they’ve been far from infallible. Having lost on three occasions, the hosts haven’t exactly defended as well at Balaídos as manager Eduardo Berizzo would ideally like. They’ve conceded 16 goals in 11 matches, keeping just two clean sheets. It’s unlikely that such figures will strike much fear into the hearts of the visitors.
Not only have the home side been somewhat shaky at the back, but they’re currently suffering from a severe case of fixture congestion. This will be Celta’s sixth fixture in 17 days, whereas the visitors will be playing just their fourth in 19 days and have thus had the benefit of greater breaks in between matches. On top of this, Celta will be looking ahead to their game against Barcelona at the weekend, while they’ll also have an eye on their Europa League last-16 first-leg that takes place next Thursday. With this in mind, it would be no surprise if the hosts rested a number of key players on Wednesday night.
Quite frankly, this could be the ideal time to face Celta – they’ve played a lot of football in a short space of time and appeared to be somewhat jaded during their 1-1 draw with lowly Gijón at the weekend.
The visitors should arrive at Balaídos in good spirits having regained the winning thread last time out and, given both the current circumstances and the prices, are well worth supporting on the ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
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