Celta Vigo – Ath Bilbao : Preview & Prediction
Celta de Vigo and Athletic Club meet in the Estadio de Balaídos, in a match for the 18th day of the First Division. At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which has 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 6 games. However, the last time they faced in this stage was on 05-11-2017, in a match for the Primera División, that ended the victory of Celta de Vigo by (3-1). The goals were scored by Sergi Gómez (16 ‘) and Iago Aspas (22’ and 26 ‘) for Celta de Vigo and Raúl García (38’) for Athletic Club. In this meeting the home factor could play an important role, since both teams present significant differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Celta de Vigo
Celta de Vigo is currently in 11th place with 21 points, after 5 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate game, tied at home against Leganés by (0-0). In the latter, he lost out against Barcelona by (2-0). This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 2 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses as a visitor; against 4 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last 9 home games for the league Celta de Vigo has won 3, 4 draws and 2 defeats, having won 13 points out of 27. Defensive solidity has not been his strong point as he has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games but his attack has regularly scored as he has scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 games in this event, he suffered the first goal 9 times and never managed to return to the result. In the last 11 home games for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: scored 6 of his 16 goals in the minutes (46′-60 ‘); suffered 5 of his 11 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Celta de Vigo arrives in this game after having lost 2-0 to move to the ground of Barcelona, adding in this way the second meeting followed without winning in the Spanish championship. In this game against Athletic Club coach Miguel Cardoso should opt for the usual strategy, that is, benefit the possession of balls and the attacks supported. Iago Aspas is the best scorer of Celta de Vigo with 10 goals scored. In spite of the good moment, we emphasize that the homemade ones have presented / displayed failures in the defensive stopped balls and in the aerial game. For this game the coach can count on all his players.
Athletic Club is currently in 17th place with 16 points, after 2 wins, 10 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate game, tied off against Deportivo Alavés by (0-0). In the last game, drew at home against Real Valladolid by (1-1). This is a team that curiously has more positive results than at home, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with a total of 26 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in his stadium, with a total of 19 goals scored and 19 conceded. In the last 8 away games for the championship Athletic Club has 5 draws and 3 defeats, which has earned 5 points out of 24 possible.
For this competition, you have not won as a visitor for 8 games. In his games as a visitor there are some frequent results: at interval 1-0 (3 in 8 games) and at the end of game 1-1 (3 in 8 games). Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 17 games in this event, he never managed to score the score in the 6 games in which he conceded the first goal.
Athletic Club arrives in this game with a 1-1 draw at Valladolid, adding to their third straight winless encounter in the Spanish league: the only goal was signed by Aduriz. In this away game coach Gaizka Garitano should opt for a very defensive strategy, exploring only the space on the opponent’s back. Iñaki Williams continues to be one of the great highlights of the visiting team: the right winger scored 4 goals in this competition. The defensive sector has greatly undermines the visiting crowd, especially in the standing balls and attack-defense transition. For this game the coach can not count on the punished Yeray Álvarez and Raúl Garcia.
Celta Vigo – Ath Bilbao : Betting Tips
Celta Vigo – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70