Prematch: Villarreal vs Celta de Vigo

Villarreal seeks back-to-back victories in order to secure a top five finish

Published: April 28, 2023 23:12


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La Liga
30 Apr 16:15

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Following their victory against Espanyol, Villarreal are back on the pitch against Celta Vigo hoping to continue their bid for a top five finish in La Liga. Kickoff for Villarreal CF vs Celta de Vigo takes place at 15:15 (GMT+1) on April 30 at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Villarreal Makes Amends for Consecutive Defeats with 4-2 Win Against Espanyol, Set to Face Celta Vigo at Home This Weekend

Villarreal made amends for consecutive defeats with a 4-2 victory against Espanyol on Thursday, WWLLW. Etienne Capoue scored twice while Dani Parejo (63′) and Nicolas Jackson (80′) also contributed goals, while Javi Puado (45) and Joselu (73) for Espanyol scored goals of their own. With Thursday’s win, Villarreal have vaulted from 6th to 5th place on La Liga table with 50 points from 15W, 5D, and 11L matches played so far this season. The Yellow Submarine will have a chance at back-to-back wins when they host Celta Vigo this weekend; an opponent they’ve only managed one victory against out of four attempts [1 W, 2 D & 1 L]. Quique Setien’s side are five points off Real Sociedad and hoping to make up ground. Villarreal have enjoyed their best performance at Estadio de la Ceramica since 2018, when they secured back-to-back home victories over rivals Chelsea (three) and Celta Vigo (one). Villarreal defeated Celta Vigo 3-2 last Saturday and now have the chance to earn back-to-back home wins against them for the first time since 2018. Villarreal will drop to sixth place if Real Betis [49 points] manages an unlikely win against Barcelona; however, Villarreal have been in excellent form recently, accruing 19 points over their last nine games – matching their total from 15 previous matches. Setien employed a 4–2–3-1 formation during Villarreal’s win against Espanyol, featuring Jackson up front. He should continue this formation against Celta with Samuel Chukwueze, Yeremy Pino, and Lo Celso playing alongside Jackson as support players. Francis Coquelin is out due to injury while Jose Luis Morales and Kiko Femenia will likely not feature due to being sidelined during this matchup.

Celta Vigo Secure 1-0 Win Over Elche, Keeping Them 12th on the Table

Celta Vigo earned their first win in five league matches (DDLLW) with a 1-0 victory against Elche thanks to Joseph Aidoo’s late goal, keeping them 12th on the table with 39 points from 10 wins, 9 draws and 12 losses – 16 away points so far this year and five away from matching their 21 from last season! Carlos Carvalhal will likely utilise Iago Aspas and Goncalo Paciencia alongside Iago Aspas against Villarreal while Oscar Mingueza and Agustin Marchesin will remain sidelined.

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