Real Madrid vs Celta by Jimeno
Real has started their season in a perfect manner, since the team already won the European Super Cup finale against Sevilla, without performing that well during the match since they have won the match only after having a man more on the field and after extra-time player. Two weeks later, LaLiga has started for them and the team showed much more determined performance in a 3:0 away victory against Real Sociedad.
They showed full dominance for all ninety minutes on the field, since the team took the lead already in second minute via Bale, while Asension doubled up the lead in 40th minute. They lowered down the pace of the game in the second halftime, but still managed to score once more - again via Bale in fourth minute of additional time. Their aim is of course to win LaLiga title and anything but an easy victory here would be worrying result for their side.
Real should be playing in offensive 4-3-3 formation with Morata as central striker and Asensio and Bale next to him. Pepe is now close to the full fitness as central back position, but Raphael Varane could be preferred. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are still out injured, as well as goalkeeper Keylor Navas and defender Fabio Coentrao, but midfielder Luka Modric is set to start after serving his suspension. Marco Asensio should also start after scoring a goal last weekend.
Celta, on the other side, comes from quite shocking result in the season opening game, as the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat at home against newly promoted Leganes. Players from Vigo had more of the ball possession during the whole game, but created very little number of real chances in front of opponentes goal. They tried with a lot of passes, but it's obvious that the team will need a lot more time in order to start playing together well.
Visiting side patiently waited for counter attacks and that tactics paid off for them, when the team scored the only goal in 75th minute via Diaz, while the hosts were especially unable to react from that point on. Even though Celta had some promising results during the pre-season, what the team showed in the first round is far away from the battle for European positions and will surely need to improve a lot in order to have a positive season.
Celta Vigo is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Aspas as number nine and Sisto, Orellana and Bongonda as offensive midfielders. Offensive Iago Aspas should be fit to start here, despite suffering an injury during the midweek. Pablo Hernandez could be on the bench this time, while injured remain forward Claudio Beauvue and goalkeeper Ruben Blanco. Gustavo Cabral is likely to start the game at the expense of Sergi Gomez.
- Real Madrid have scored at least 3 goals in 12 of their last 13 home matches (La Liga).
- Real Madrid have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches against Celta Vigo.
Home side started the season in the best possible way and their key offensive players seem to be in the right form. Bale has scored twice, Asensio seems to be in fine form as well, while the players of Celta didn't impress in the first round and this one should only be much more difficult for them. I have no doubts that Real will be able to get a two goals margin victory at least.