Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News


Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 16th March 2019
Kick off at: 17.20
Venue: Santiago Bernebau, Madrid, Spain

Real Madrid will play their first game since Zinedine Zidane’s return this Saturday against Celta Vigo. Zidane will be looking to mark his return with all three points, especially with Los Blancos playing at Santiago Bernebau.

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this Spanish La Liga encounter.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to get them that victory.

Real Madrid

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Courtois(g)Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo(def);Modric, Kroos, Isco(mid);Bale, Benzema, Asensio(att)

Celta Vigo

Expected Formation: 4-5-1

Probable Lineups: Blanco(g)Mallo, Araujo, Costas, Junca(def);Boufal, Lobotka, Boudebouz, Yokuslu, Sisto(mid);Gomez(att).

Recent Form

Before going into this Saturday La Liga fixture, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have some idea about their current form.

Real Madrid

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WLLLW

Los Blancos haven’t been in a great form recently as they experienced three defeats and two wins from their five fixtures. However, Madrid did end their run of defeats last weekend as they crushed Real Valladolid this past weekend.

Before that big win, Madrid were on difficulties as they picked up three straight defeats. Los Blancos are hoping Zidane’s return can help them regain their best form until the end of season.

Celta Vigo

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LLDLL

Fortunately for Madrid, Celta themselves also in a bad form recently, losing four out of their last five games. The only positive result that they took during those run of matches was a goalless draw against Alaves.

However, Celestes have suffered two straight defeats in their last two games in Spanish La Liga. Fran Escriba’s men were beaten by Eibar and Real Betis both with the same 1-0 score line.

Team News

Real Madrid

Zidane’s return to the club didn’t arrive at the best timing as Los Blancos have some injury problems at the moment. Zizou won’t be able to call up Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius due to injury problems.

Meanwhile, Casemiro is also unavailable due to suspension, but Sergio Ramos should return after serving his. Meanwhile, Isco could finally get some playing time under Zidane’s return.

Celta Vigo

Celta also have their own problems, though in terms of injury only Iago Aspas who is confirmed to be out. Meanwhile, Hugo Mallo will also miss this wekeend tie, but his absence was due to suspension.

Considering Aspas’ absence, Maximiliano Gomez should be leading the lain for the visitor. Lobotka will also be a key figure in that Celta’s midfield as he can keep things ticking for them.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have been dominated by Madrid with three  wins and two draws.

Their latest encounter at Santiago Bernebau on May 12, 2018 and it was won by Los Blancos 6-0.

Match Prediction

Zidane’s return into the club certainly give that exciting enthusiasm among the players last few season. The french tactician is set to allow some of Madrid top players performing well again.

Celta will try hard to stop Madrid in getting maximum points, but it will be a difficult job to do. This tie looks like the best moment to show how impressive Los Blancos can be under Zizou.

Final Score: 3-0