Real Madrid will look for a swift return to winning ways when they host Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday at 8:00pm (UK time).
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio.
Celta Vigo XI: Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Olaza; Tapia; Mendez, Suarez, Nolito; Aspas, Mina.
Where to watch Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo on TV:
- UK: La Liga TV
- US: beIN Sports
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Scoreline prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Celta Vigo
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Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Los Blancos’ five-game winning streak ended with a disappointing 1-1 draw on the road at Elche on Wednesday but they remain in touch with rivals Atletico Madrid at the summit of the table.
Despite an inconsistent campaign so far, Zinedine Zidane’s men remain just two points adrift of rivals Atletico Madrid, although Real have played two games more. The reigning Spanish champions are going to need a vast improvement on the performance they put in against Elche last time out, throwing away a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 against La Liga’s 15th-placed side.
Furthermore, Celta Vigo head to Madrid in great form themselves. Eduardo Coudet’s side are unbeaten in their last six games, winning five and drawing once, which has seen them climb to eighth in the table. The Sky Blues are just three points adrift of the Champions League qualification places and a win here would send out a huge message to the rest of La Liga that they mean business heading into 2021.
- Real Madrid (vs Elche): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema; Asensio.
- Celta Vigo (vs Huesca): Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Olaza; Mendez, Suarez, Tapia, Nolito; Aspas, Mina.
Rodrygo is out with a muscle problem but Zidane has no further injury concerns heading into this one. Celta Vigo will once again be without David Junca, Kevin Vazquez and Sergio Alvarez on Saturday.
Players to watch:
Real Madrid: The 1-1 draw with Elche last time out may have been a real disappointment for Real Madrid, but it did see the successful return to action of Luka Modric, who headed home the opening goal after Marco Asensio’s effort was saved onto the crossbar. Even at 35, Modric — who has created an average of 1.8 chances per 90 minutes this season — can be the defining factor for Zidane, controlling possession with his measured and precise passing, while only Karim Benzema (8) has netted more than his three La Liga goals. He’s never scored against Celta Vigo across his career so far, but Modric has provided three assists against the Sky Blues and has influence far beyond getting on the scoresheet.
Celta Vigo: No player has influenced Celta Vigo’s recent resurgence more than Spain international, Iago Aspas. After previously going four games without a direct goal contribution, the former Liverpool forward has contributed at least one goal or assist in each of his last nine matches, notching six of each during that time. Aspas has four goals and four assists across 17 career appearances against Real Madrid and given his current confidence, he’ll fancy his chances of adding to that total this weekend.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Real Madrid: DWWWW
- Celta Vigo: WDWWW
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