Granada will look to ramp up their push for European football when they host Celta Vigo at Nuevo Los Carmenes in the La Liga on Saturday night.
Granada Match Form
The Nazaries are having a brilliant season, especially considering they just got promoted by finishing second in the Segunda Division. They started this season on a high, finding themselves as high as third after 11 games.
However, Diego Martinez’s men have failed to sustain the same levels. Nevertheless, they have done really well so far, 4 points clear of Levante in 10th while Valencia and Villarreal are only 2 points ahead. Further, Real Sociedad in the final European spot are 4 points in front, a chase-able lead.
In order to do so, beating struggling teams like Celta is absolutely vital and the Nazaries will be high on confidence after dispatching Osasuna with a brace from Darwin Machis and a goal from Dimitri Foulquier in the previous game.
Celta Vigo Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Celta Vigo are in a relegation battle once again. After barely escaping last season, they find themselves in 17th spot once again, with 24 points from 25 games. Mallorca are just 2 points behind while Leganes and Espanyol are a further 3 points behind.
Looking up, Oscar Garcia’s men are level on points with Eibar, however, 5 points separate them with Valladolid, a healthy gap. Thus, it is imperative for Celta to pick up form if they wish to stay up for another season.
While the sad part is that the side has constantly stayed in similar positions throughout the season, Garcia will hope the 1-0 win against Leganes in the previous match with Iago Aspas getting onto the scoresheet will help his side get a result from this game.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Filip Bradaric is ruled out for the visitors due to suspension. On the injuries front, Angel Montoro, Neyder Lozano, Alex Martinez and Quini are the expected absentees for the hosts. Meanwhile, Kevin Vazquez is the only missing player due to injury for Garcia’s side.
Looking at head-to-head, both teams are evenly matched with Granada winning 15 to Celta’s 14. However, the Nazaries have won just once in the last 10 meetings, with Celta winning 6 of them.
Granada vs Celta Vigo Soccer Betting Tips
In the last 4 home games, Granada have lost 2 and drawn 2, failing to score in 2 and conceding 8 goals. Thus, the visitors have a good recent history at this ground.
While Celta’s form has definitely improved in recent weeks, with just 1 defeat in the last 5 league games compared to the hosts’ 2, Granada have won 3 in comparison to their visitors’ 2 out of their last 5 in the league.
Thus, looking at history and recent form, Celta have a definite edge and can be expected to nick a 2-1 win in this one.
Granada Predicted XI: Silva; Foulquier, Diaz, Sanchez, Duarte; Herrera, Gonalons, Machis; Fernandez, Soldado
Celta Vigo Predicted XI: Blanco; Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Rafinha, Yokuslu, Beltran, Suarez; Aspas, Smolov