Celta vs Valencia by Neuro
After a very good, surprising and positive start of the season for Celta, the team is barely recognizable in last two or three months. Most recently, the team suffered 2:4 home defeat against Athletic Bilbao and now have minimal chances to reach the next stage of Cope del Rey, even though only one game is played for now.
Bilbao was simply better and much more effective, while the fact that the hosts played with a man less since 71st minute when left back Costas got red carded didn't help them at all. This was their third straight defeat in all competitions, with the team counting eight defeats in last nine matches. Biggest problem remains in the offensive part of the team, as the team looks like they simply forgot how to score goals. They have six straight losses in Primera with the team scoring no goal in that process. Moreover, their last scored goal in Primera was on 1st November when they defeated Barcelona, made the biggest surprise this season and since them, they are in kinda free fall. Full back David Costas is suspended now for this game, as well as other left full back Carles Planas (8/0) who was red carded in last Primera game. Defensive midfielder Borja Oubina is still injured and counts as a long term absentee.
Valencia struggled a lot in their Copa del Rey game on Wednesday evening against Espanyol, but still managed to walk away with a reasonable 2:1 victory that will give than extra advantage before the returning leg. The game wasn't played in a very quick tempo, with hosts getting the lead via Gaya in tenth minute and lowering the quality of their performance from then on.
They almost paid the price for it, as the visitors equalized early in the second, while the players of Valencia than has problems re-establishing their dominance on the field. Still, three minutes before the full time whistle, they managed to get the victory from the penalty kick via Negredo. As for the league, team seems to be in a great momentum now, as the team come from a 2:1 victory over Real Madrid at home and are actually close to get back to the title race, being now only five points below Real Madrid and four behind Barcelona. Offensive midfielder Pablo Piatti (15/3) picked up an injury in a victory over Real Madrid and now will be probably sidelined for next month and a half. Other than that, visiting side has no fresh injury or suspension worry and will be able to field up the best possible squad here.
Teams are in totally different directions in front of this game. Moreover, there is no doubt that Valencia has much more individual quality and experience and therefore, even though we can't exclude the draw here, visitors are surely closer to get all three points. All Valencia should do is to keep their momentum, while the odds and line are offering us extra protection.