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Real Madrid will be looking to secure back-to-back victories, as it takes on Celta Vigo this Saturday in the ongoing season of the Spanish La Liga.
After flirting with relegation in the 2018-19, and 2019-20 seasons, Celta Vigo has improved its game and finished 8th and 11th in the last two seasons. Coach Eduardo Coudet has been pretty busy during the pre-season transfer window, and has brought in a number of new faces, including Carles Perez, Luca de la Torre, Unai Nunez, and Williot Swedberg, Julen Lobete, Oscar Mingueza, Oscar Rodriguez.
The most high-profile departure from the squad has been right winger Brais Mendez, who left for Real Sociedad. The fans will be pretty disappointed with the team’s latest effort against Espanyol in the opening match of the season. Goncalo Paciencia and Iago Aspas had given the home team a 2-goal advantage till the 72nd minute, but a goal be Edu Exposito, and a 98th-minute equalizer by Joselu from the penalty spot forced Celta Vigo to share the spoils.
Real Madrid had a dream end to the previous season, winning La Liga for a record-extending 35th time, and lifting the Champions League trophy for the 14th time, another record. They also won the UEFA Super Cup last week, defeating Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0. However, Carlo Ancelotti will be disappointed with an ordinary effort against a recently promoted Almeria in the season opener.
Madrid was trailing by 1-0 at half-time, but goals by Lucas Vasquez and David Alaba ensured that the Los Blancos had a winning start to the season. Real Madrid has made only a few changes in its squad so far, bringing in Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger. However, with Casemiro looking for an exit, Ancelotti will be looking to include a new midfielder before the transfer window ends.
Match prediction and football betting tips for RC Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid La Liga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Vigo, on 20th August 2022.
Celta Vigo has no fresh injury concerns, and coach Eduardo Coudet is unlikely to tinker much with the team that faced Espanyol. Augusto Solari is likely to start the match, along with Oscar Rodriguez, Iago Aspas, and Goncalo Paciencia.
As for the visitors, Luca Modric, Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Alaba, and Dani Carvajal are all likely to return to the playing eleven, along with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior. Eden Hazard and Casemiro are likely to miss out.
After narrowly beating Almeria in the season opener, Real Madrid faces another tricky opponent this week, but they are likely to collect the full set of 3 points.
Bet on Real Madrid to win.
5 of the last 6 matches between the two clubs have seen both teams score at least once. 2 of the last 3 top-flight games for Real Madrid and 2 of the last 4 such games for Celta Vigo too have seen goals scored at both ends, adding weight to our prediction.
Karim Benzema scored 27 goals the last season, winning the Pichichi Trophy for the very first time. He is yet to score in La Liga this season but did score in Real Madrid’s win over Frankfurt in the Super Cup. This match will provide him with the perfect opportunity to open his La Liga account, and we are backing him to score at least once on Saturday.