Wednesday 26 Sep

Valencia vs Celta Vigo - Match Preview

25 Sep 2018 Ed Mackey SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Valencia CF

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Kick-off
20:00 GMT
26 September 2018

Celta de Vigo

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  • W
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Kick-off
20:00 GMT 26 September 2018

Football across Europe is in full swing and one of the leagues that’s always in the spotlight is La Liga. With several sides needing to play their sixth games of the season, there are four fixtures on Wednesday night and one of those sees Celta Vigo travel to an out-of-sorts Valencia.

STATS

  • Valencia have had an awful start to the campaign with just four points on the board after five matches, leaving them level on points with the team in 18th place. They are yet to win in the league this term with four draws and a loss, the stalemates came against Atletico, Levante, Real Betis and Villarreal whilst the loss came away at Espanyol. They’ve also started badly in the Champions League as they lost 2-0 to Juventus in the first game despite Cristiano Ronaldo being sent off for the Italian side.
  • Celta Vigo will be pleased with how they’ve started as they are currently in 6th place with eight points from their five games. They’ve managed big wins against Atletico and Levante as well as draws with Espanyol and Valladolid but a loss against Girona away from home halted their progress. The 10 goals they have scored so far in the league can only be matched by Barcelona and Real Madrid who have scored 16 and 12 respectively.
  • Valencia have only been able to score three goals so far this term and they’ve all come from different players. Denis Cheryshev, Dani Parejo and Rodrigo have all been on the scoresheet.
  • Iago Aspas is enjoying another good campaign in front of goal and he has netted on four occasions, only two players in La Liga have more. Maxi Lopez isn’t far behind him as he has three league goals, as well as three assists.

HEAD TO HEAD

Valencia and Celta Vigo tend to be quite even in their recent league meetings. In the last five, both sides have won two apiece and the most recent of the games ended as a 1-1 draw back in April. Valencia have actually won both of their last two matches with Celta at the Mestalla which will give them plenty of confidence going into the match. Both teams have scored in all four of the last four matches between them while there have been more than two goals in three of those.

VALENCIA NEWS

The hosts are desperately in need of a win on Wednesday and they could take themselves inside the top half if they manage to secure all three points. Parejo is suspended for the game which might prove costly but Ezequiel Garay and Geoffrey Kondogbia have returned to training which is a boost.

Latest matches: Valencia CF

23.09.2018 LaLi Villarreal CF Valencia CF 0:0 D
19.09.2018 UEFA Valencia CF Juventus Turin 0:2 L
15.09.2018 LaLi Valencia CF Betis Sevilla 0:0 D
05.09.2018 Club CD Alcoyano Valencia CF 0:3 W
02.09.2018 LaLi Levante UD Valencia CF 2:2 D

CELTA VIGO NEWS

Celta will want to keep their good start going but they are coming up against a top Spanish side, even if Valencia are out of form. With no injuries, the visitors go into the match confident that they can move into the top four.

Latest matches: Celta de Vigo

22.09.2018 LaLi Celta de Vigo Real Valladolid 3:3 D
17.09.2018 LaLi Girona FC Celta de Vigo 3:2 L
01.09.2018 LaLi Celta de Vigo Atletico Madrid 2:0 W
27.08.2018 LaLi Levante UD Celta de Vigo 1:2 W
18.08.2018 LaLi Celta de Vigo Espanyol Barcelona 1:1 D

SUMMARY

It’s been a season to forget for Valencia so far but they are still slight favourites to take all three points at the Mestalla tomorrow night. Celta Vigo will be hopeful they can win and I certainly expect them to score but Valencia should have a point to prove. A worthwhile bet looks like backing both teams to score on Wednesday night.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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