This week’s Monday night action in La Liga comes from the Wanda Metropolitano, as league leaders Atletico Madrid host Celta Vigo. Diego Simeone’s side have a commanding lead at the top of the table heading into the weekend, while the visitors are in the midst of a poor run at present.
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 8 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Celta Vigo: Premier Sports
Last time: Luis Suarez gave Atletico an early lead when the teams met in Vigo in mid-October, with Yannick Carrasco rubber-stamping a 2-0 victory for the away team deep into injury time.
Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo Predictions and Preview
Atletico Madrid hold a 10-point lead over both Barcelona and Real Madrid heading into this weekend’s action, with a game in hand over those Clasico rivals to boot. By the time this game kicks off on Monday, Los Rojiblancos will know whether a win against Celta Vigo will maintain that gap or extend it.
Atletico have kept their foot firmly pressed down on the throats of Barca and Real, winning all eight of their La Liga fixtures since losing the Madrid derby in December. Los Colchoneros have scored 19 goals in those eight matches, at an average of 3.4 per game, conceding six at the other end.
As former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once said: ‘Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.’ That’s certainly ringing true for Atleti right now, who’ve only conceded 10 goals in 19 games all season – eight fewer than both Barca and Real, who’ve played a game more.
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Atletico Madrid to win to nil
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That said, the La Liga leaders have let in four in their last three, so you can be sure Simeone will demand some improvement in this Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo preview. The home team are 11/10 to keep a clean sheet on Monday.
In the outright market, you can back Atleti at 13/20 with William Hill. Celta Vigo – who are winless in their last six matches in all competitions – are 23/4, as they go in search of their first league win away to Atletico since 2007. Los Celestes have lost on six of their eight visits since, failing to score on five occasions – including the last three.
Indeed, Celta have only managed to hit the back of the net in two of their last seven games against Atleti at any ground. With that in mind, if the visitors are going to get a draw on Monday – which is priced at 11/4 – a 0-0 would appear most likely. That scoreline is 17/2 in the latest odds for this game.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez is showing Barcelona exactly what they’re missing this season. The Uruguayan forward is the top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals in 16 appearances, and the 23/10 favourite to break the deadlock in this match.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas has been in good form again this term, needing only one more goal to reach double figures in La Liga for the sixth season in succession. He is available at 8/1 to open the scoring in these Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo predictions.
Long shot: Only one of the last seven meetings between these side have seen both teams score. That’s why we’re backing Atletico to win to nil at 11/8. Los Rojiblancos have scored eight goals in their last four victories over Celta, and they are 13/2 to repeat their 2-0 win in this fixture from earlier this season. With Suarez scoring first, those odds rise to 27/1.