Sunday 12 Feb

Atl. Madrid vs Celta Vigo Match Preview

12 Feb 2017 Stuart S. SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Atletico Madrid

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
12 February 2017

Celta de Vigo

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT 12 February 2017

The Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo match will be played on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at the Vincent Calderon in Madrid. This is matchday 22 in the 2016/17 La Liga season. Atletico Madrid is 5th with 39 points while Celta Vigo is 10th with 59 points.

STATS

  • Atletico has won 14 of their last 17 home La Liga matches.
  • Celta Vigo’s last 3 La Liga matches has featured -2.5 goals.
  • Atletico has kept clean sheets in their last 4 La Liga games.
  • Atletico has scored 2+ goals in 8 of the last 10 meetings with Celta.
  • Atletico’s last 4 home games has featured -2.5 goals in La Liga.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met already this season with Atletico winning 4-0 at Balaidos. Antoine Griezmann grabbed two after Koke had broken the deadlock. Angel Correa scored the 4th in the last minute.

Celta won at the Vincent Calderon in 2015-16 in the Copa Del Rey, 3-2 but last won in La Liga at Atletico in 2006/07. That also finished 3-2 so if this one gets to 2-2, be ready to place your bets on a Celta win!

Head to head matches: Atletico Madrid - Celta de Vigo

10.09.2016 LaLi Celta de Vigo Atletico Madrid 0:4

ATLETICO MADRID NEWS

Diego Simeone left the Camp Nou proud of his players’ midweek efforts but disappointed at losing the Copa Del Rey on aggregate. The general consensus was that Atletico were the better side in the 1-1 draw but Barcelona triumphed thanks to their 2-0 win in Madrid during the first leg.

Atletico go into the game with long-standing injuries keeping Jan Oblak and Augusto Fernandez out of the side. Tiago and Diego Godin join them in the treatment room but Jose Gimenez is expected to be fit for this match.

Yannick Carasco is coveted by Arsenal but Nicolas Gaitan is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up while Lucas Hernandez and Juanfran will feature in defence.

With the title gone as well as the Copa Del Rey, Atletico will focus on improving their La Liga performance. Real Sociedad stole a march on them, moving into 4th with their win at Espanyol. Sevilla face a tricky trip to Las Palmas, so Atleti have the top 3 in their sights.

Latest matches: Atletico Madrid

07.02.2017 Copa FC Barcelona Atletico Madrid 1:1 D
04.02.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid CD Leganes 2:0 W
01.02.2017 Copa Atletico Madrid FC Barcelona 1:2 L
28.01.2017 LaLi CD Alaves Atletico Madrid 0:0 D
25.01.2017 Copa SD Eibar Atletico Madrid 2:2 D

CELTA VIGO NEWS

Celta arrive at the Vincent Calderon with no new injury concerns, just Claudio Beauve and Ruben Blanco absent. Others walk the disciplinary tightrope but for this fixture, that is not a concern.

The Galicians are in the same boat as Atletico, having lost their Copa Del Rey semi-final to Alaves last week.

Following the postponement of their home game against Real Madrid, it’s their first league match since a 2-0 win over Leganes.

With a game in hand over most other teams above them, Celta are once again eyeing a Europa League place. They face Shaktar Donetsk in the next round and having enjoyed good progress so far, are keen to repeat it next season.

Latest matches: Celta de Vigo

08.02.2017 Copa CD Alaves Celta de Vigo 1:0 L
02.02.2017 Copa Celta de Vigo CD Alaves 0:0 D
28.01.2017 LaLi CD Leganes Celta de Vigo 0:2 W
25.01.2017 Copa Celta de Vigo Real Madrid 2:2 D
22.01.2017 LaLi Real Sociedad Celta de Vigo 1:0 L

SUMMING UP!

It’s hard to see beyond an Atletico win in this fixture. Diego Simeone will want them to be firing on all cylinders ahead of the trip to Leverkusen in two weeks’ time.

In between they face a trip to Sporting in Gijon and host Barcelona, in a tough run of fixtures. However, this is the game Atleti will target as 3 points to take to the bank.

They need to beware though. Celta won 2-1 in the Bernabeu in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final so cannot be underestimated. They also beat Barcelona at Balaidos; they won’t surrender easily and will be quite content to absorb the home side’s pressure for most of the game.

Don’t expect many goals. Celta are as attritional as Atletico with only one of their games since their 3-1 win over Malaga at the start of January, featuring more than 2.5 goals.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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