Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Preview, Prediction, and Betting Tips | La Liga

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Preview

  • Date – Wednesday, May 15
  • Kick-off Time – 9:00 pm GMT
  • Venue – Estadio de Balaídos

Celta Vigo will host in-form Athletic Club in a crucial midweek clash in La Liga on Wednesday, May 15. Both sides are at opposite ends of the table, with this game potentially being a must-win for Claudio Giraldez’s side to increase their gap to the relegation zone.

It was a historic season for Athletic Club when they won the Copa del Rey for the first time in over 40 years. The Spanish giants are aiming for a top-four finish this season who have not claimed a top-four spot in the last ten years. But a return to the Europa League next season would be seen as a positive for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Celta Vigo are sitting at 17th in the league table and are coming off a 1-0 loss against Atletico Madrid in their last game. They sacked Rafael Benitez as head coach last month and appointed the club’s B-team coach Claudio Giraldez as the new boss who has made a strong start. They have given their survival hopes of relegation a huge boost with two wins in their last four fixtures. The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 4-3 win for Athletic Club.

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Team News

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club
Iago Aspas (Getty Images)

Celta Vigo will be without Williot Swedberg, Joseph Aidoo and Carlos Dotor on the sidelines whereas Mihailo Ristic is also a major doubt for the hosts due to a hamstring injury.

As for Athletic Club, players like Gorka Guruzeta, Oihan Sancet, Dani Vivian, Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta and Yuri Berchiche are unavailable for this midweek away clash. But they will be boosted with the return of Yeray Alvarez and Aitor Paredes who were suspended over the weekend.

Celta Vigo Predicted XI:

Guaita; Manquillo, Starfelt, Jailson; Mingueza, Rodriguez, Beltran, Alvarez; Aspas, Larsen, Swedberg

Athletic Club Predicted XI:

Simon; De Marcos, Prados, Garcia de Albeniz, Lekue; Vesga, Herrera; Berenguer, U Gomez, N Williams; I Williams

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Head-to-Head

The two sides have faced off 41 times, with Celta Vigo winning 11 times and Athletic Club winning 20 times while the other ten of their clashes have ended in a draw.

Last five results:

  • Athletic Club 4-3 Celta Vigo – La Liga – November 10, 2023
  • Athletic Club 2-1 Celta Vigo – La Liga – May 20, 2023
  • Celta Vigo 1-0 Athletic Club – La Liga – January 29, 2023
  • Athletic Club 0-2 Celta Vigo – La Liga – April 17, 2022
  • Celta Vigo 0-1 Athletic Club – La Liga – August 28, 2021

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Prediction

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club
Athletic Club players celebrating (Getty Images)

Celta Vigo are enduring a disastrous campaign but still managed to pick up six points from their last four games. They are currently 17th in the La Liga table and are just five points outside the relegation zone and still have plenty of work to achieve the top-flight status for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, Athletic Club have been promising throughout the campaign and were close to securing a Champions League berth but a return to the Europa League would be seen as a positive. The hosts will still be bidding to remain in the hunt for the top-four position in the La Liga.

Celta Vigo have one of the worst defensive records this season, shipping out 49 goals in 35 games for the Sky Blues.

Predicted Score: Celta Vigo 1-2 Athletic Club

Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club Odds (subject to change)

  • Celta Vigo win – 2.70
  • Athletic Club win – 2.55
  • Draw – 3.45
  • Odds source – Unibet

Betting Tips

  • Celta Vigo win – 2.70
  • Total goals under 2.5 – 1.91

Where to Watch Celta Vigo vs Athletic Club

  • India – Jio Cinema, Sports 18
  • UK – ITV
  • US – ESPN+
  • Spain- DAZN

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