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Celta Vigo kicks off their La Liga 2022-23 campaign this weekend, as it welcomes the Catalan club Espanyol Barcelona for its opening match.
Celta de Vigo finished in the 11th spot in the last season, missing out on a top-half finish by just 1 point. This will be Celta's second full season under coach Eduardo Coudet, who has made some significant changes within his squad during the pre-season transfers.
Nestor Araujo, Brais Mendez, Nolito, and Okay Yokuslu departed after the end of last season. Luca de la Torre, Williot Swedberg, and Carles Perez have been brought in to strengthen the midfield, while Unai Nunez and Oscar Mingueza will lend support to the rear third. Celta Vigo has played just two pre-season friendlies and was defeated 2-1 by Braga in the latest one played last weekend.
With the club set to face European Champions Real Madrid last week, it will be important for them to make a winning start.
Espanyol Barcelona was playing its first season last year, after getting a promotion from the Segunda Division. The club finished at the 14th spot on the points table, with an equal number of points as Elche and Rayo Vallecano.
The management has replaced the caretaker coach Luis Blanco and brought in Diego Martinez as a full-time coach on a 2-year contract. Martinez has been busy during the summer season and has signed up some fresh talent for the team in the form of Joselu, Edu Exposito, and Brian Olivan.
This has led Espanyol to remain undefeated in 4 of its 6 pre-season friendlies, including a goalless draw against the heavyweights Napoli last weekend.
Match prediction and football betting tips for RC Celta de Vigo vs RCD Espanyol Barcelona La Liga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Vigo, on 13th August 2022.
While Celta Vigo is expected to start the game with some familiar faces including Hugo Mallo, Javier Galan and Iago Aspas, newcomers Goncalo Paciencia, Mingueza, and de la Torre are expected to find a place in the playing eleven.
As for the visitors, Raul de Tomas may miss the match as he contemplates his future in the club. Oscar Gil, Keidi Bare and Serdi Darder are expected to make a start. Newcomer Benjamin Lecomte is likely to protect the net.
Both the teams are pretty similar in bench strength, and there is little separating the two when it comes to quality.
Bet on a Draw.
): 5 of the last 6 head to head games between the two clubs have produced fewer than 3 goals. 3 of the last 4 matches for Celta Vigo, 5 of the last 6 matches for Espanyol too have seen a score less than 2.5. That’s why we are predicting a low-scoring encounter.
7 of the last 9 games between the two teams have seen goals scored at both ends. Also, 3 of the last 4 top flight matches for Espanyol, and 3 of the last 5 club friendlies for Celta have seen a BTTS bet win. We are therefore predicting a similar outcome here too.