Las Palmas vs Celta by Jimeno
International break came in the right moment for Las Palmas as the side has suffered three defeats in a row and came now into the relegation battle with six points being tied up at the table together with red zone placed Eibar.
However, needs to be said that the defeats came on the road to Barcelona and Sevilla, but also at home against Leganes where the side surely should have reacted better but a 0:2 loss and without a goal scored in these three. In the most recent game they suffered 3:0 defeat against Barcelona, not showing much in offense, while the hosts upped the tempo in second halftime and deservedly took the victory thanks to goals from Busquets in 49th and two goals from Messi, in 70th and 77th minute.
Midfielder Alen Halilovic (3/0) is injured for this one, while doubtful remain defender Pedro Bigas (2/0), midfielder Dani Castellano (4/0) and forward Loic Remy (2/2).
Celta, on the other side, is having mediocre start of the season, but the team did improve before the international break getting three consecutive matches without defeat, but the side still needs to improve a lot - especially in the defense as they look way too fragile at the back in some moments and their opponents doesn't need plenty of chances to score.
Similar thing was seen last time out, when the side took just a point in a home game against Girona following 3:3 draw. No doubt that Celta dominated the game, had more of the ball possession and chances created, but the defensive lineup looked terrible in some parts of the game. They took the led in eight minute ia Sisto, guests reverted within six minutes via Portu and Stuani, while Gomez leveled up already in sixteenth minute. Hosts spent rest of the match trying to take the lead and they did, back in 76th minute via Wass, but the side conceded third as well in 86th via Juanpe leaving no time for hosts to react.
Forward Maximiliano Gomez (7/5) is out due suspension, while injured remain defender HUgo Mallo (7/0) due thigh injury and other defensive player, Facungo Roncaglia (2/0).
- Las Palmas have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 8 matches against Celta Vigo.
Las Palmas needs to react and I expect them to attacking here from the first minute trying to stay away from the red zone. Celta, on the other side, remains very dangerous and surely has quality in attack to respond as well. Both teams to score & over goals are my first betting choice for this one and will probably remain as long as I don't see Celta being improved in defense.