Celta Vigo v Getafe – Balaídos at 17:30 GMT Live at Premier Sports
Celta Vigo head coach Fran Escriba is on the brink after his side crashed to a 1-0 home loss to Real Sociedad on Sunday. The Galician side have tabled just two triumphs in 10 outings this term, a return that’s seen the club now marooned in La Liga’s relegation zone ahead of the midweek round of matches in Spain.
Escriba could easily be dismissed before Sunday evening’s encounter with Getafe; Celta travel to fellow strugglers Betis on Wednesday knowing a poor result could determine the boss’ fate.
Club president Carlos Mouriño, general director Antonio Chaves and sporting director Felipe Miñambres are all demanding major improvements from the Balaidos boys. The team has lacked the verve of Celta sides from yesteryear and the hierarchy are said to have requested a much more attack-minded style.
The Vigo boys have toiled in the final-third, failing to score five times already and notching only five goals in total across 15 hours of La Liga action prior to their trip to Andalucia to face Betis. Last weekend’s loss epitomised Celta’s woes in front of goal as the hosts generated only 0.68 Expected Goals (xG).
Celta can be opposed
Celta’s performance data points towards a bottom-three position with the Galicians firing in the third-fewest shots from inside the penalty box, whilst also returning ratio figures below the 40% mark for both Expected Goals (xG) and xG from open play. Escriba’s outfit are therefore easily opposed on Sunday.
Getafe can be grabbed at 1.75 with a +0.25 start and that looks just the ticket. Here we’ll see our stake split across the visitors on the Draw No Bet market and the Double Chance market meaning we’ll make a full-stakes profit should the capital club win, but also take home a half-stakes win if the game ends all-square.
Getafe devilishly difficult to overcome
Getafe upset the odds to almost pinch a Champions League qualification place last term and many are surprised to see the Madrid minnows enter the 2019/20 campaign with their squad largely intact. Los Azulones will therefore be expected to offer their standard competitive service in Spain.
Workaholic head coach Jose Bordalas has made Getafe one of the most streetwise sides in Europe and Los Azulones will be following the same path to profit. They may not win many prizes for aesthetics, but they get through the miles and rarely give their opponents a moment’s rest through sheer ferocity.
Remarkably, Bordalas’ boys have been beaten just 12 times since the beginning of last season with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid accounting for seven of those defeats. Getafe remain a wonderfully resilient outfit and are well capable of picking up a positive result at out-of-sorts Celta this weekend.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe +0.25 at 1.750
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.