Celta Vigo host Mallorca on Tuesday (IST), needing to secure all three points for a chance to stay in the race for a top-seven spot in the La Liga. Mallorca, meanwhile, are two points behind their 10th-placed hosts in the Spanish League standings, although at the moment, their only goal is to stay as far away as possible from the relegation zone.
Ever since Carlos Carvalhal took over, Celta Vigo has been in exceptional form and is aiming to continue their streak of only one loss in their past ten games. In their most recent La Liga match against Sevilla, Celta Vigo had 70% possession and made nine attempts on goal, four of which were on target. Despite initially trailing to Youssef En-Nesyri and Marcos Acuña’s goals in the 81st minute, Miguel Rodríguez and Gonçalo Paciência rallied to secure a 2-2 draw.
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Celta Vigo has been performing well lately, with three wins in their previous four home matches and only four league losses at Balaidos all season. As a result, they are confident in securing another three points and moving up the league table.
Although the home team is experiencing a climb in their performance, the same can’t be said for the visiting team who are in danger of facing relegation.
Celta Vigo-Mallorca preview
Celta Vigo has been performing excellently lately, and they have managed to remain undefeated for seven games in a row, in contrast to Mallorca who has not won any of their past six matches. Despite the small gap in the standings between the two teams, it is expected to be a closely contested match, but considering their recent performances, the first prediction for the Celta Vigo vs Mallorca game would be a victory for the home team.
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Another reason why our second prediction is for over 2.5 total goals is that three of their last five head-to-head meetings have exceeded this number. It’s worth noting, however, that Mallorca has the lowest average goals per game of any team in La Liga this season at 1.96, while Celta Vigo has averaged 2.68 goals per game. Nonetheless, there could be three or more goals scored in this match.
Celta Vigo possible starting lineup:
Villar; Mallo, Aidoo, Nunez, Galan; Perez, Veiga, Beltran, De La Torre; Aspas, Pacienca
Mallorca possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Gonzalez, Valjent, Raillo, Hadzikadunic, Maffeo; Ndiaye, Galarreta, Morlanes, Kang-In; Muriqi
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Since 1997, Celta Vigo and Mallorca have played 20 games of which 10 victories were in favour of the former, and five in Mallorca’s name. Five games ended in draws.
- Celta Vigo: 10
- Mallroca wins: 5
- Draws: 5
Celta Vigo-Mallorca prediction
Mallorca will be making every effort to secure at least a draw to eliminate any possibility of relegation. Nevertheless, considering their previous low-scoring loss in the first La Liga match-up, Celta Vigo is expected to seek retribution and win this home game.
It is expected that Celta Vigo will likely achieve a league double over Mallorca.
Prediction: Celta Vigo 2-0 Mallorca
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The La Liga match between Celta Vigo and Mallorca will be played on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 00:30 (IST) at the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos in Vigo, Spain.