Valencia VS Celta Vigo, expecting fireworks but no decisive action

Posted Sat, 20 Feb 2021 09:07:00 GMT        

Match Time:2/21/2021 01:30 Sunday  (GMT+8)

Spanish La Liga --  Valencia   VS   Celta Vigo

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This weekend sees a midtable La Liga clash as Valencia host Eduardo Coudet's Celta Vigo at Mestalla on Saturday.  Three points for 14th-placed Los Che could see Javi Gracia's men haul themselves into 12th place, while a win for Celta could put them within touching distance of the league's Europa League spots.  


Match preview  

There are no two ways about it, this has been a disappointing campaign for Valencia.  After starting the season brightly, the last few months have been gruelling for Gracia's men, and Los Che fans have not been happy with recent results.  Against champions Real Madrid last time out, Valencia were comfortably dispatched 2-0 in the capital. 


The loss means that Los Che have picked up eight points from their last six league outings.  After the defeat, Gracia told the press: "Part of it is down to the superiority of our opponent, who did not need to be at their best, and part of it is also down to us because we were not at the level we should have been."  Gracia will no doubt look for a quick response from his side this weekend.   


Celta Vigo have blown hot and cold this season, balancing periods of fleeting success with lengthy winless streaks.  


Recent results indicate that Coudet's men are beginning to put together another impressive run of form. Star striker Iago Aspas has been working his way back into the starting XI and Celta have not lost a La Liga game for almost a month.  


However, Aspas, who has netted five goals in his last six league appearances for Celta against Los Che, is suspended for this fixture.  In what has been a peculiar campaign for many La Liga outfits, it would be a huge success for Coudet if the Galician outfit were to qualify for the Europa League next season.  


Valencia La Liga form: WDLWDL 

Valencia form (all competitions): DLLWDL  

Celta Vigo La Liga form: LLDDDW  


Team News 

Gracia will have a largely fit squad to choose from on Saturday, but the Spaniard will be without several first-team players.  Mouctar Diakhaby and Denis Cheryshev are both unavailable due to minor injuries. 


 Along with Aspas, Brais Mendez is also suspended for Celta.  Coudet will also be without Emre Mor, David Junca and Sergio Alvarez who are all unavailable due to injury.  


Valencia possible starting lineup: 

Domenech; Correia, Gabriel, Ferreira, Gaya; Wass, Racic, Soler, Guedes; Gomez, Vallejo  


Celta Vigo possible starting lineup: 

Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Caricol; Tapia, Baeza, Suarez, Nolito; Milla, Mina    


Valencia 2-2 Celta Vigo


Valencia VS Celta Vigo, expecting fireworks but no decisive action