Espanyol vs. Celta Vigo 7/19/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Espanyol 5-9-23, Celta Vigo 7-15-15
7/19/20 3 pm
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Espanyol is hosting Celta Vigo at RCDE Stadium in round 38 in Spanish LaLiga.
Espanyol has been playing without pressure in their last 2 games in LaLiga because they were without a chance to get out if the relegation zone for a while now. Since the season restart, Espanyol has started well with a win and a draw, but since then, Espanyol has lost 8 straight games which was just too much for them to save themselves from the hole they dug. Espanyol is in the last place in the standings with only 24 points, only 27 scored goals, which is the least in LaLiga, and with 58 conceded goals. In their last LaLiga game against Valencia on the road, Espanyol was the better team with 52% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 86% of the correct passes. Like many times before this season, Espanyol could finish their chances, while their defense wasn’t good enough to keep the clean sheet. Espanyol has lost this game 1-0. De Tomas, Lopez, and Lei are Espanyol’s top goal scorers with only 4 goals each. There are no injuries for Espanyol, but Darder, De Tomas, and Espinosa are all suspended because of the yellow cards. Espanyol is getting relegated, but they will be more competitive in LaLiga 2, and who knows, maybe in a year, we will see Espanyol back in LaLiga.
Celta has had some good games after the restart, but they haven’t won any of their last 6 games in LaLiga, and it might cost them dearly. Celta is in 17th place in the standings with 36 points, 37 scored goals, and 49 conceded goals. Celta could still be relegated if they lose this game and Leganes wins their game, but the good news for Celta is that Leganes is playing against Real Madrid in their last game of the season. Celta was consistent in the attacking end and they have scored at least 1 goal in their last 8 games in LaLiga. In their last game against Levante at home, Celta could have secured their LaLiga spot if they won that game. Celta was the better team with 57% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 80% of the correct passes. The first half ended in a 2-2 draw, but Celta conceded a goal in the 52nd minute, and despite having an extra player on the field for the last 30 minutes of the game, Celta wasn’t able to tie the game, and they ended up losing this game 2-3. Aspas has scored 14 goals for Celta this season, while Santi Mina added 6 goals. Denis Suarez added 5 assists. Alvarez, Junca, Suarez, Blanco, and Aidoo are all injured, while Rafinha is suspended because of the yellow cards, while Nolito is suspended because of the red card. I think that Celta will be lucky in this last round and even if they don’t win this match, I don’t think Leganes will win their game against Real Madrid.
Five of the last 6 games between Espanyol and Celta ended in a draw, but despite all the troubles and injuries, I think that Celta will get the job done here. When push comes to shove, I can see Celta winning a game, after all, they did it last season as well.