Celta de Vigo hosts Espanyol at the Balaidos Stadium on September 26, 2019 in round six of the Spanish La Liga.
Celta de Vigo
RC Celta de Vigo was created in 1923 after the merger of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Fortuna Football Club. This club has reached the final of the Copa del Rey thrice in their history but have never won the title nor the La Liga title in their history.
Their best season was in 1970/71 when they were unbeaten at home as the “giant killers”. They finished 6th in the La Liga that year and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time ever. During the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League, they made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to Manchester United. Celta de Vigo finished 17th in the La Liga during the 2018/19 season and they enter this match as the soccer betting favorites.
Celta de Vigo ranks 14th in the league in Goal Difference at -3 goals. They have scored a total of three goals on the season which puts them in 17th place in the La Liga. Celta de Vigo is also ranked 9th in Goals Conceded with a total of six on the season. Their three assists this term is 10th-best overall.
Midfielder Denis Suarez has one goal and one assist for Celta de Vigo while forward Iker Lozada and midfielder Gabriel Fernandez each have found the back of the net once this term. Pape Diop and Sante Mina have combined for two assists while goalkeeper Ruben Blanco has 20 saves and has conceded six goals this season.
Celta de Vigo
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Reial Club DeportiuEspanyol was founded in 1800 and is owned by the Rastar Group. This club has been known for its mediocrity but in a surprise, it finished in 7th place during the last La Liga season.
Espanyol has won the Copa del Rey a total of four times and they finished as runners-up in five other instances. The Perequitos have not won the La Liga but were Segunda Division champions in 1994. When it comes to European competition, Espanyol was twice runners-up of the UEFA Cup.
RCD Espanyol rank 19th in the league in Goal Difference at -6 goals. They have scored a total of three goals this season and are 17th in scoring. Espanyol has allowed nine goals on the season, putting them in a tie for 18th in the La Liga. The club is also ranked 18th in the league in assists.
Forward Facundo Ferreyra, midfielder Sergi Dader and Esteban Granero own RCD Espanyol’s three goals this season. Chinese midfielder Wu Lei produced the team’s only assist of the season while goalkeeper Diego Lopez has given up nine goals with ten saves in five appearances this year.
Celta de Vigo ranks 16th in the Primera Division with a record of 1-2-2 SU in their first five assignments this season. They are coming off a scoreless draw against Atletico Madrid and have scored just one goal in their last three matches, going 0-2-1 SU over those three matches.
Espanyol is ranked 18th in the current La Liga ladder. They are 1-1-3 SU on the current season and are coming off a 1-3 loss to Real Sociedad in their last outing. This club has failed to score a goal in three out of their five matches played this season.
Head to head, Celta Vigo has won thrice in their last 10 meetings. Espanyol has two wins during that period while these teams played to a draw in three other matches over that term. These teams have played to a draw in their last three head to head matches, including a 1-1 tie last April 24, 2019.
These teams have been competitive against each other. When you look at the current season, both are struggling near the bottom of the team standings as they have struggled to score in recent matches. That said, I think these teams are going to play in a low scoring contest and I won’t be surprised if this match ended in a draw. Prediction: Draw