Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid
Copa del Rey – Quarter Final, Second Leg
Date: Wednesday 25th January, 2017
Kick-off: 20:15 UK
Venue: Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo.
The Argentine manager Eduardo Berizzo took a huge gamble and rested basically the entire first squad in the league match at Anoeta last weekend (loss to real Sociedad with 1 – 0). He saw tan amazing opportunity to secure the Copa del Rey semifinal after a shocking 1-2 win over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.
We can thus expect to see Iago Aspas, Theo Bongonda, Daniel Wass, Nemanja Radoja, Pione Sisto., Jonny Castro, Hugo Malla and Facundo Roncaglia back on the pitch. Celta Vigo have been enjoying a tremendous form at the start of the new year. The team was especially dominant at Balaidos where they claimed four wins on the bounce. They managed to beat Barcelona with 4 – 3 back at the start of October on home court.
Real Madrid, on the other side, are in a crisis without doubts. Zinedine Zidane is having more and more troubles to find the right formula because Cristiano Ronaldo’s form has been quite poor in the most recent days. To make things worse, Luka Modric suffered an injury in a narrow home win over Malaga (two goals from Sergio Ramos), while Marcelo is also sideline leaving the team without a real left-back.
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: Head-to-Head Stats
Real Madrid will want to repeat the performance they showed in the last visit to Balaidos. It was back in October 2015 when Ronaldo, Danilo and Marcelo were on target in a 1 – 3 win. This result would lead Real Madrid through to the semifinal of the competition.
However, this time it will be one hell of a task considering the current form both teams have at the moment. It is interesting to note that each of the last five H2H clashes between the two sides offered the option of both teams netting.
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: Prediction
We see a huge value in backing Celta Vigo to qualify at 8/11 odds. The hosts have a huge advantage from the first match, they have been almost impeccable at Balaidos so far in the season, and Real Madrid are miles away from their best shape.
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
Celta Vigo to qualify 6/7 (1.85)
BTTS at 3/5 (1.60).