Las Palmas vs Celta by Jimeno
After a really great start into the season and three victories and a defeat in first four rounds, players of Las Palmas are now winless in five consecutive matches (three draws and two defeats) and even though they didn't slip much at the table, the team desperately needs to get a victory here in order to restore their good atmosphere in front of even more important matches.
After such a modest run, they currently stand at ninth position with twelve points earned, which is three points less than sixth placed Bilbao. They lost the previous game in LaLiga played away from home against Villarreal with 2:1 result, but the team left pretty decent impression on the field. At most of the times they looked more organized, have took the lead in 31st minute via Boateng, but the home team was somewhat lucky to get the victory, firstly with an equalizer from a penalty kick taken by Sansone and then in last moments of the game, scoring the winning goal in second minute of additional time via Bakambu. Defender Macedo (3/0) is out with a head injury, while sidelined remains winger Nabil El Zhar (6/2).
Celta Vigo, on the other side, is once again close to the European exit, but we'll see if the team is able to obtain the Europa League card in the end. Currently, they are at eight position, only two points behind sixth placed Athletic Bilbao and will probably need to dig deep and fight a lot in order to stay in contention in that battle.
It could be said that the team is in more than fine form, since they have only one defeat (away to Villarreal) in last ten official matches, having six victories, three draws and a loss in all competitions. In the most recent game in Primera, the team managed to get quite easy victory in front of own fans against Deportivo 4:1, showing that they surely do not belong to the teams which are mediocre at the table. They completely dominated the game, being especially concrete with the chances created and deserved the three pointer thanks to goals from Roncaglia, Orellana and twice from Aspas. Forward Claudio Beauvue (no performance this season) should be their only absentee.
Las Palmas is close to a must win situation, while Celta comes searching for a victory as well. Hosts have no other option but to attack the opponent here, while Celta comes with pretty much improved efficiency and can create problems easily here. Game can easily be way more open than what the bookmakers currently suggest.