Zinedine Zidane will be hoping he can improve on Real Madrid’s poor previous season and will have a chance to start with three points against Celta Vigo this Saturday. Celta Vigo narrowly managed to stay out of the dreaded relegation zone last season, with them ending the campaign sat in 17th just four points clear of 18th. Real Madrid experienced one of their most inconsistent and disappointing seasons last time out, but despite this managed to finish in third place. Real Madrid emerged victorious on both occasions when these sides met last season, winning 4-2 and 2-0.
Celta Vigo will need to be at their very best if they plan on securing at least a point on Saturday, but they will need to first improve on their recent performances which have been far from impressive. Over the last three games, the hosts have secured just one win, alongside two defeats. The first of their three games saw them face Union Berlin, who they made light work of, beating them 3-0. Then came their fixture against Tenerife, who secured a narrow 1-0 win away from home before Celta Vigo then suffered their second consecutive defeat to Lazio, who went onto to win 2-1.
Real Madrid have had a mixed pre-season with them experiencing both losses and wins. Over the last four games, Los Blancos have secured two wins and two defeats. The first of Madrid’s four fixtures saw them face Tottenham Hotspur in the Semi-Final of the Audi Cup where they narrowly lost 1-0, before then defeating Fenerbahce 5-3 in the third-place playoff. Real Madrid secured a second win in the following fixture which saw them face Red Bull Salzburg, who they beat 1-0. A.S. Roma stood in their way most recently and the two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes, but Roma emerged victorious on penalties.
Fran Escribá will be without a few players through injury this weekend which include Santi Mina, David Junca and Hugo Mallo. Fran Beltran was his side’s only goalscorer during their last outing against Lazio and should keep his spot amongst the starting XI this weekend against Real Madrid.
Summer signing Eden Hazard is bound to start on Saturday, with Karim Benzema set to lead the line through the middle. Rodrygo is Los Blancos’ most recent injury victim and will be out for around three weeks. He will be joined on the sideline by Marco Asensio, Ferland Mendy and Brahim Diaz who are all also injured.
Despite holding the home advantage, Celta Vigo look set to suffer a defeat in this meeting, just as they did during both of their clashes last season. The hosts can be backed to win at a price of 5.00, while their opponents sit at 1.60. We fancy Real Madrid to win this one, on top of keeping a clean sheet against a Celta Vigo side that have been far from prolific in pre-season.