Celta vs Las Palmas by Jimeno
Celta's progress in last couple of years is obvious and their start with two victories are no surprise at all. The teams looks more and more stable as the year pass by and it won't be much of a surprise if they manage to get the European exit this season, which actually is their target which might be difficult to achieve, but at the same time, surely it's doable in case the team continues to perform at the same level. In the first round they visited Levante and took a 2:1 victory, however with a great help from the fact that they played with a man more since fifth minute already when Simao left the field with a red card given.
Orellana and Aspas were goalscorers for the first three pointer, while the team showed their class and confirmed good form with a 3:0 victory at home over Rayo Vallecano two weeks ago. However, once again they had a help of playing with a man more early in the game, since Tono was red carded already in ninth minute. Nolito scored twice, while Fontas scored the third two minutes before the full time whistle for another deserved victory, while the visitors from Vallecano weren't threatening at all. They did earn two victories by playing with a man more for the whole game, but even so the team looked well and actually announced their good form already in last two friendly matches before the start of Primera when they cruised over Boastiva 3:0 and Genoa 4:0. Coach Eduardo Berizzo has no serious injury problems ahead of this game, which probably means that he will stick to the most of the players he selected as starters in first two games. New signing Daniel Wass will continue on the right side, while goalkeeper Ruben Blanco remains only injury absentee for this one.
Las Palmas, on the other side, didn't show much of attacking football till now, but at the same time, the team didn't disappoint for now either. In the season opener they anyway couldn't get much better result than a narrow 1:0 defeat against Atletico Madrid away from home, however at least the team didn't get completely outplayed as most of the newly promoted sides usually do away from home against top league teams. In the second round they were held to a goalless draw at home against Levante, despite much more of ball possession and "half chances" they created.
It was a game where they could have expected three pointer since it's against a mediocre side that plays poor away from home, but nobody will be much disappointed with the outcome for now. However, as a newly promoted team, in case they want to stay the in Primera, they will have to get three pointers against such teams. Surely that staying in the league, easy or hard way, is their only target for this season and looking at their roster - they will surely be in the second part of the table at the end. Important midfielder Javi Castellano (1/0) will miss majority of the season, while other absentee remains Angel, who anyway didn't play this season. Newly signed Wakaso Mubarak and Nabil El Zhar are both ready to start here, while the coach surely won't change anything in the defensive four which conceded only one for now.
Celta had some luck playin with man more in previous two matches, but they responded in a best possible way and used their chance. They do look like a upper part of the table team and should be able to overpower newly promoted Las Palmas with ease here.