Second-placed Atletico Madrid will host ninth-placed Celta Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
The home side are desperate for a win in the league after their previous loss to league leaders Barcelona. They recently won against the Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16.
Diego Simeone’s side has lost only twice in the league games, and at home, they seem to be stronger than ever. They have just registered one defeat in their last 15 games at home soil overall competition.
On the other hand, Celta Vigo have been undergoing ups and downs this season and are currently in the top 9 position in the league. The Celestes have won 2 games in their last 6 games registering a draw and 3 losses. Those 3 losses all came when they were playing away from home, and this match against Atleti will be a fierce battle for them.
Celta Vigo have won just once in their last five visits to Atletico. The last five meetings between these two sides saw Atleti win 4 of them whereas the Celestes managed to grab a win in just one of them.
A total of 17 goals have been scored in their last 5 face off and we can expect goals from both of the sides in this match as well. Atletico have managed to keep a clean sheet in the 3 out the 4 wins in their last 5 meetings with The Celtics.
Injury to the shot-stopper of Atleti, Jan Oblak, will see him sidelined ahead of this clash against the Celtics. Oblak faces a blow to his hand and discomfort in the groin which made him sidelined for the clash. He was already ruled out from the UEFA Europa League clash against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Defender Stefan Savic also remains out of action with a hamstring injury.
Juan Carlos, the manager for Celta Vigo, will have some hope as Daniel Wass is close to fitness after recovering from a back injury. The star player has missed many matches and is in a race against time to be fit.
Andreu Fontas for the Celtics is also unavailable due to an Achilles injury.
Players to Watch
The left-footed Frenchmen has some incredible ability to score goals, and we can expect him to be the star player for The Indians. The French forward has 15 goals to his name in the La Liga in 24 appearances.
Griezmann has it all, from strength to speed, he outwits most players who play his role as a forward.
The Spanish forward is a crucial player of the Celtics. He is known to score in vital goals for his side, and we can expect goals from this striker in this fixture.
Currently, Aspas has 16 goals to his name in 26 matches for the club, and his last goal came against Eibar where his side went on to win the game 2 – 0.
Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo Lineups (Predicted XI)
Atletico Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)
GK: A. Werner
DEF: Juanfran (RB), Gimenez (CB), Godin (CB), Filipe Luis (LB)
MID: Koke (LM), Thomas (CM), Saul (CM), Correa (RM)
ATT: Griezmann (RF), Costa (LF)
Celta Vigo Lineup (4-3-3)
GK: R. Blanco
DEF: Mallo (RB), Roncaglia (RCB), Gomez (LB), J. Castro (LB)
MID: N. Radoja (RM), S. Lobotka (CM), P. Hernandez (LM)
ATT: E. Mor (LW), M. Gomez (ST), I. Aspas (RW)
Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo Prediction
The Atleti are stronger in the home, and we can see them comfortably cruising off in a victory against the Celtics. Celta Vigo has recently come from a spectacular win against Las Palmas, and they will undoubtedly put an intense fight for a win.
Atletico Madrid have home advantage on their side and is the favorites. We predict this will be a win for them.
Atletico Madrid – 2
Celta Vigo – 1