Celta Vigo v Sevilla – Abanca-Balaídos at 19:45 GMT live at Eleven Sports
Celta Vigo slipped to their fifth successive La Liga loss last Sunday to slide into the relegation zone. The dreadful 2-1 defeat at Real Valladolid was expected to signal the end for under-fire head coach Miguel Cardoso, although club president Carlos Mourino has handed the Portuguese boss a surprising reprieve.
However, the pressure has been piled on the Celta supremo coming into Saturday’s showdown with Sevilla as Mourino admitted, “We can’t make promises beyond our next game”.
The Galician side only appointed Cardoso in November having axed Antonio Mohamed. Reports in Spain linked former Malaga coach Michel and Fran Escriba, most recently at Villarreal, as Cardoso’s possible successor in Vigo after the current incumbent picked up just two wins from 10 fixtures in charge.
Sevilla searching for their best form
Saturday’s guests Sevilla topped the table back in autumn but have since dropped to fourth in the standings, enjoying a four-point cushion ahead of Alaves. Last weekend’s 5-0 destruction of Levante at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan was only Los Rojiblancos’ second league success since November.
Pablo Machin’s men are 13 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and are now focussing on securing Champions League football. Although the visitors have been chalked up as pre-match favourites here, there’s not enough evidence to suggest Sevilla are trustworthy enough on their travels to support.
Los Rojiblancos have picked up only nine wins in 30 on the road since the start of last season and are without a victory in games as guests in La Liga since September. Nevertheless, Sevilla pack enough punch to presume their trip to Vigo will at least provide punters with plenty of entertainment.
Goals on the agenda
With neither team impressing of late, backing a goal-heavy game is the way to go at Balaidos. Celta have seen their La Liga outings average 3.29 goals per-game with 15/21 (71%) seeing both sides score. The hosts have silenced only four of their opponents this season, but have at least notched in all bar three contests.
Sevilla’s encounters are averaging 2.76 goals per-game, which increases to 3.09 when on the road. The visitors have seen seven of their 11 away days produce goals for both sides with Los Rojiblancos keeping a sole clean sheet.
Therefore, I’m happy to get behind 1.80 quotes on Over 2.5 Goals.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.800
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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