Celta vs Las Palmas by Jimeno
After a run of few negative results, Celta Vigo managed to improve a weekend before the international break and sealed narrow 1:0 victory away from home against Deportivo La Coruna. It was a game few days after their progress into the quarter-finals stage of Europa League after 4:1 aggregate victory over Russian side Krasnodar, with the Spaniards awaiting Genk in quarter-finals stage.
Their match away to Deportivo wasn't that impressive neither interesting, with both teams somehow being more oriented to their defensive tasks, but somehow players of Celta did look a bit more concrete towards the end of the game and scored the only goal in latter phase, in 74th minute via Aspas. The side is now at eleventh position, having ten points more than Europa League placed Sociedad.
Defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz (19/0) is injured, as well as other defensive midfielder or central one, Nemanja Radoja (25/1), forward John Guidetti (17/3) and left back Carles Planas (7/0). Goalkeeper Ruben Blanco (11/0) is doubtful for this one.
Las Palmas, on the other side, continued with convincing performances in front of own fans, as the team managed to beat Villarreal two weeks ago with a narrow 1:0 result. Only goal was scored in tenth minute via Boateng, while there wasn't much of hope left for the visiting team once they were left playing with a man less in nineteen minute when their defender Ruiz got red carded.
Players of Las Palmas had much more of the ball possession and chances created and probably did deserved to score a goal more, but were anyway satisfied with the lead already, while Villarreal looked to threaten on counters, but without much of success. The team now remained close to the middle of the table, having three points less than Celta and can take the rest of the season in a bit more relaxed way, since they can't count at European positions but also shouldn't be anywhere near the relegation battle either.
Visitors will be missing suspended central defender Mauricio Lemos (17/4), while injured remains midfielder Javi Castellano (1/0).
- Celta Vigo have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 7 matches against Las Palmas.
Celta have won three out of last four competitive matches and will surely go into this one with a target to get a three pointer. Las Palmas, on the other side, is also playing quite effective football on the road and are risking more, which make me believe the game will be open from both sides. Over goals and both teams to score will be my first betting option.