Accumulating defeats in the previous days, Celta and Leganés have this Friday, November 24, the possibility of interrupting the negative series. They open, as of 18h (Brasília time), in the Balaídos stadium, in Vigo, the thirteenth round of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 season.
Celta’s recent performance
With three defeats in the last four rounds, Celta are 13th in La Liga with 13 points (four wins, two draws and six losses). Far below what was expected. The Vigo team was ranked in the initial evaluations as one of the candidates to fight for places in European tournaments. It is far from the region of the classification by seven points. The group is closed by Villarreall, sixth placed.
The lack of a greater intensity in the marking can be considered responsible for the disappointing campaign. The goals conceded easily to the opponents were essential so that the Celta, that managed to make good campaign in Liga Europa 2016/2017, could not reach again the classification for the competition.
The coach Juan Carlos Unzue, hired to solve the problem, has not shown effective solutions. Celta’s defense was leaked 19 times in 12 games. Exactly two months can not finish a match without having conceded a single goal. The last time this happened was in the victory, by 4 to 0, like visitor, before the Eibar, in 24 September.
The coach has two medical doubts for Friday’s game. Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia (two 2017/2018 Spanish League games without a goal) and Turkish striker Emre Mor (six matches, one goal) are in the process of recovering from injuries and should undergo further tests that will determine if they will conditions of play.
The current form of Leganés
Leganés, who were not among the candidates for continental tournament spots in the Spanish football experts’ predictions, surprised him with a good start in La Liga. It managed to occupy position in the front platoon, but presented / displayed a recent fall. He was beaten in the last three games.
None of the results, however, may have been considered as surprising. It was a series of matches of high degree of difficulty. Leganés were beaten by Sevilla, 2-1 in the opponent’s stadium; took 3 to 0 of Valencia, vice-leader, also in the opponent’s stadium; and was overcome by Barcelona, leader and undefeated, again by 3 to 0. This time at home.
The high level of the rivals, with technical quality and much higher investment capacity, led Leganés to fall to eighth place. He has 17 points (five wins, two draws and five losses). It is ten points ahead in the comparison with Malaga, eighteenth placed and first in the relegation zone.
Responsible for the good campaign, coach Asier Garitano should have the opportunity to count on all the available athletes in his squad. The Leganés have no serious problems of injury or suspension for the match on Friday.
History of the matches Celta vs Leganés
The teams met only four times. Each won two games. In every game the visitor has always taken the best. Last season, in Vigo, Leganés scored 1-0. Then, at home, lost 2-0.
Although the two sides have come back from losing in the last rounds, it is possible to say that Leganés’ stumbling was against well-qualified opponents, which minimizes poor performance. Celta were also beaten by top-seeded rivals like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, but stumbled against Malaga, who is threatened with relegation.
The more consistent performance of Leganés, who presents the sixth best campaign as a visitor to LaLiga, indicates the hunch at the club as the best option for the confrontation. Has a price of 4.50 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.30 and success of Vigo team yields 1.85.