Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid kick off the Sunday proceedings in La Liga when they meet at Balaidos this weekend. The two clubs also begin their new campaigns, after experiencing two very different pre-season schedules.
Where and when: Abanca-Balaidos – 15 August, kick-off 16:30
Where you can see Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid: La Liga TV
Last time: Santi Mina put Vigo into an early lead when these teams met at the Wanda Metropolitano in February. A Luis Suarez brace saw Atletico go in front, but a last-gasp equaliser from Facundo Ferreyra rescued a late point for the visitors.
Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
That most recent meeting between these clubs was the third draw in four matches between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid. However, Atletico beat Los Celestes 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture at Balaidos, and the champions are the favourites to repeat that success here.
It’s not an easy place for Los Rojiblancos to begin their title defence, with Celta finishing just outside the European places last season in eighth. However, Diego Simeone and his players will be boosted by the continued weakening of their rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Both of those two clubs have significant financial issues, with Barca’s troubles leading to the departure of Lionel Messi. Few Atleti fans will be mourning that, with their club’s odds of retaining the title shortening to 7/2 in the wake of those developments.
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Los Rojiblancos will need to make a good start though, and they are 10/11 with William Hill to do exactly that by taking the three points from this Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid preview. Atleti made a superb start last term, while they have a strong record against their hosts this weekend.
The capital club have only lost one of their last 12 La Liga fixtures against Celta, winning eight. Atleti have lost just twice on their last 12 visits to Balaidos, going down 2-0 in both 2015 and 2018. The same result in favour of Vigo here looks unlikely at 27/1, while the hosts are available at 7/2 in the outright market.
A draw is 13/5 in these Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid predictions, which is a result that would favour the hosts. After winning La Liga for the first time since 2014 last season, the defending champions are the favourites to begin the new campaign with a win.
Atletico have certainly enjoyed the better pre-season in terms of getting minutes into their legs. Results haven’t been great but Simeone has seen his squad get through five warm-up games, as opposed to Celta’s paltry two. Match fitness could be a key difference between the teams this weekend.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas was Celta’s top scorer in La Liga last season with 14 goals in 33 appearances, and he is 6/1 to open his account by breaking the deadlock on Sunday.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez netted three goals in the two meetings between these clubs last term. He opened the scoring in the clash at Balaidos and is 10/3 to do so again here.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid tips, a scorecast could be the way to go. The visitors are 8/1 to repeat their 2-0 triumph in last season’s corresponding fixture, rising to 37/1 with Suarez scoring first.