Valencia vs Celta Vigo
Copa del Rey 2016/17
Date: Tuesday, 3rd January 2017,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Mestalla, Valencia.
The two semi-finalists of last season’s Copa Del Rey lock horns in this editions round of 16 clash at the Mestalla on Tuesday evening, 3rd January 2017. Valencia were knocked out by Barcelona in the 2015/16 semi-finals by the mighty Barcelona, while Celta Vigo lost out to FC Sevilla. And both teams were comprehensively beaten by their opponents back then.
Valencia are strugglers in LaLiga since the start of the season. They are one position outside the relegation zone. Meanwhile they had a tough opponent in Leganes for the round of 32 clash and Valencia qualified to the next round in style by winning both legs with a 5-2 score on aggregate.
Celta Vigo on the other hand had a relatively easy opponent in LaLiga2 side UNAM Murcia. Despite the weakness of their opposition, they only managed to scrape through with a narrow 1-0 win in both legs. Also, Celta’s league form in the season so far is below par. They are positioned at 13th in the league table.
Valencia vs Celta Vigo: Head-to-head stats
The teams have already met once this season and Celta edge a 2-1 win at the Balaidos coming from a goal down.
Valencia have a better record in the last 10 matches against Celta as they have won 5, drew 2 and lost 3.
Celta Vigo have won in their last visit to Mestalla by a 2-0 margin, while Valencia were unbeaten in the previous 6 with 5 wins and a draw.
Valencia vs Celta Vigo: Prediction
This is the first competitive match for both sides in the calendar year 2017 and either sides will want to start on a winning note. If you compare their form in the past few matches, they will cancel out each other as none of them have managed to win matches convincingly. However, Celta will have a slight edge here as they are far away from the relegation zone in LaLiga unlike Valencia. So the team from Mestalla will have their focus on weekend league fixture which could work in favour of the visitors here. So our pick for this match is to back Celta Vigo to stay unbeaten here.
Valencia vs Celta Vigo: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Celta Vigo at 5/8 (1.62)
Under 2.5 goals at 1/1 (2.00).