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Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid in La Liga on Apr 2. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid in La Liga on Apr 2. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

In their first game since that humiliating 4-0 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona, Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo on Saturday evening looking to get back to winning ways.

The hosts are sitting comfortably in midtable and they’ve been on a good run of form at home recently. As expected, they’re outsiders for this one at 3/1 (LeoVegas) with several betting sites, but they should put up a good fight against the wounded league leaders.

Real Madrid are still firmly in the driving seat when it comes to the La Liga title race. They have a nine-point cushion over second placed Sevilla, but it’ll be interesting to see what performance they put in after that El Clasico humbling.

Read on for our expert football betting tips for the match.

MarketPrediction
Over/Under - Total GoalsUnder 2.5
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Under 2.5 Goals

Real Madrid had won their last five games in all competitions before losing against Barcelona, and how much that has impacted their confidence is yet to be seen.

They’ll probably be eager for this game to get that result out of their system, but Celta Vigo are capable of more than holding their own.

The result is a tricky one to call. A narrow Real Madrid win is arguably the most likely outcome but delving into the goals market looks the best play.

Celta are unbeaten in their last six La Liga matches at home, and four of them saw two goals or fewer. Additionally, six of their last seven outings have seen under 2.5 goals.

Los Blancos have conceded just one goal in their last four away league games - with three of them seeing two goals or fewer also.

So, with these things in mind, Under 2.5 Goals at odds of 22/23 (bet365) looks a good betting pick for this one.

Celta Vigo Form, squad news, opinion

Celta Vigo’s recent form reads a bit patchy but their six-game unbeaten run at home is keeping them ticking over.

They’ve won four of their last six at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, and although all of those games have been easier assignments than this, it will at least give them confidence of getting a positive result.

The Sky Blues can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to scoring. They fired blanks in their last two games before the break, but prior to that they smashed four past lowly Mallorca. Keeping this one tight, though, will probably be wise, and is likely to be their best chance of gaining something from the game.

Hugo Mallo and Nestor Araujo are the only players sidelined for the hosts.

Real Madrid Form, squad news, opinion

Analyzing things at this stage of the season, Madrid will probably be happy Xavi wasn’t in charge of Barcelona at the start of the campaign. We could be looking at a very different title battle if that was the case, based on the most recent El Clasico result.

That, however, wasn’t the case of course, and Real Madrid will still feel confident of landing their 35th Spanish top flight trophy.

Los Blancos travel to London after this assignment to face Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match-up, and Ancelotti will be hoping for a positive response from his men in this one, so they have a bit of momentum heading into their European clash.

After missing El Clasico, Karim Benzema is expected to be available, but Eden Hazard’s injury woes continue. The Belgian is set to be out for a month as the plan is for him to have ankle surgery.

History

This will be the 50th time these two have met. Real Madrid have a 31-12 advantage when it comes to wins on the head-to-head record.

Los Blancos have had the most recent joy too, winning seven of the last eight meetings.

Celta Vigo’s last win against Real Madrid was in the Copa del Rey in 2017, and you have to go back to 2014 for their last La Liga win in this fixture.

It was a fairly comprehensive win for Real when these two met earlier in the campaign. A hat-trick from Karim Benzema, along with goals from Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side run out 5-2 winners.

About the Venue

The Estadio Municipal de Balaidos has been the home of Celta Vigo since it opened in 1928. It has a capacity of 29,000 and has undergone several renovations in its time.

Conclusion

This has the potential to be a pretty tight affair. The Sky Blues are having a decent time of things at home lately, and they’re taking on a Real Madrid side likely still reeling from El Clasico disappointment.

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