Celta vs Las Palmas by PatrickBateman
Celta are 11th with 38 points. They have been in mixed form recently, recording better results in Europe than in domestic championship. After progressing to the quarter-finals of Europa League, they beat La Coruna in Galician derby last time out. It was a battle for every inch of the field, with neither team being superior. We didn`t see many chances from either side, but we saw many fouls and yellow cards. All in all, it was a classic Spanish derby, and as we were getting closer to the end, it seemed that the game will finish 0:0. However, Aspas` "killer instinct" ensured that Celta takes all three points when he put the ball behind Lux`s back after a great cross from Beauvue in 74th minute. For this game Celta will be without injured Diaz, Radoja and goalkeeper Blanco, while Guidetti is also unlikely to play coming back from a knee injury.
Las Palmas are 12th with 35 points. They have been in similar form like Celta in the last four games, which is an improvement from a month ago when they had four straight losses. After hanging tough against Espanyol, they beat Villareal in the last game 1:0 at home. Hosts got an early lead, when Boateng scored in 10th minute. Soon after that Villareal were left with 10 men, after Ruiz got sent off for bad foul. However, visitors didn`t surrender, and they had couple of good chances. Nevertheless, Las Palmas stood firm, and managed to get three points thanks to that goal. The difference could`ve been even higher, and the hosts completely deserved their victory, but Villareal will be asking themselves what could`ve been, since they had opportunities to score even with a man down. Las Palmas can`t count on suspended Lemos for this game.
This is a clash between two teams who are "stuck" in the middle of the table. They are only three points apart, with a similar goal differences (40:45 Celta; 44:45 Las Palmas). Celta plays possession-based attacking style of football, but having watched them throughout the season, it seems like their directness depends on their opponent`s incentive. Las Palmas plays in similar style, even though they are much more rigid at home, while on the road they let themselves loose a little bit. That leads to their away games often being a goal-fests. Las Palmas have conceded in every away game this season, while they failed to score in only four. In the last two games on the road they scored six goals in total - three against Real and three against Espanyol. We should expect nothing less from them here, since their biggest strength lies in offense with the likes of Boateng, Jese, Livaja and even Viera. Consequently, that should mean that Celta will answer in the same fashion, which should bring us an entertaining game with number of goals. Last clash between these two finished 3:3, with previous two also seeing both teams scoring with more than two goals. I see similar scenario again, and I like the odds. Therefore both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is my pick here.
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|Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Goals||Bet365||2.00||8||3-1 WON (+8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.