Celta Vigo vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo.
Celta Vigo and Espanyol finished the last Primera Division season lock on points in mid-table.
They are about to open the new domestic campaign with a head to head clash on Saturday afternoon at Estadio de Balaidos.
Both teams enter the new season without too many changes in their squads, but interestingly, both outfits made the managerial change this summer.
Antonio Mohamed, who successfully led Mexican Monterrey last year, took charge of Celta’s bench and he is about to make his official debut on Saturday against the Budgerigars.
The Argentine manager has a lot of headaches caused by the lack of the meticulousness at the back as his men proved out to be very easy to break down in recent pre-season friendlies.
The Sky Blues shipped at least two goals in each of last three games against Southampton, Fulham and Mainz 05.
Celta Vigo vs Espanyol: Head-to-head
- Celta also conceded at least two goals in each of last three meetings with Espanyol who took four points from two last term clashes against the Sky Blues.
- The H2H tie is generally level at 14 wins apiece ahead of the 41st outing between these two sides.
- Both teams scored in four of last five H2H games.
Celta Vigo vs Espanyol: Prediction
The Budgerigars head into this as clear form favourites, following their impressive set of displays in the off-season under the new head coach Rubi.
Espanyol won all of their six friendlies this summer netting two or more goals in each of outings along the way.
Moreover, team’s defensive line looked rock-solid in most recent ties as the Budgerigars shipped just one goal in three games against Burnley, Gimnastic Tarragona and Borussia Monchengladbach.
The likes of Borja Iglesias, Leo Baptistao and Pablo Piatti should really have plenty of space to deliver in the final third past the struggling defensive line of Celta’s here and we see the massive value in backing Espanyol to score two or more goals at the odds of 3.75.
Celta Vigo vs Espanyol: Bet Tips
Espanyol Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 5/2 (3.50)
Draw or Espanyol Double Chance @ 10/11 (1.95).