Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their pre-Christmas El Clasico defeat as they travel to an inconsistent Celta Vigo at Estadio Balaidos on Sunday.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will be strong favourites against a Celta side who have won only one of their last four La Liga games and sit in the bottom half.
Where and when: Estadio Balaidos – 7 January, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Celta Vigo v Real Madrid: Sky Sports, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Madrid to a 4-1 victory in Vigo in their title run-in last May. However, four months earlier Celta stopped Zidane’s side from a clean sweep of trophies as they eliminated them from the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid now find themselves 14 points behind La Liga pacesetters Barcelona and despite having played one game less, many feel retaining the title may not be impossible.
They get their defence back underway with a potential banana-skin fixture at Celta, who triumphed at the Bernabeu last season in the Copa Del Rey and drew at Barcelona last month.
Juan Carlos Unzue’s side are hugely inconsistent – they have won eight times this season but are yet to record back-to-back victories.
They have also lost five of their last nine league matches but have risen to 11th with an admirable draw at the Camp Nou and victory over rivals Deportivo keeping fans happy.
Madrid are favourites for this game and are priced accordingly at 8/15 while a home victory is available at 11/2 with the draw at 21/5.
If you fancy goals in this one – over 4.5 of them in this game is available at 11/4. The last ten meetings between the two have brought 33 goals.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas has hit 12 goals in his last 13 appearances, has found the net five games in a row including a double in the 3-1 Galician derby victory over Deportivo La Coruna last time out. Is priced at 11/5 to score anytime here.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 times in the last eight clashes between these two sides including a hat-trick and scoring four goals in one game. Is priced at 3/5 to add to his 16 goals for the current campaign.
Long shot: Celta Vigo have a strong record against the division’s leading sides yet Madrid are renowned for their ability to come from behind to win. For the hosts to lead at half time before ultimately losing is priced at 19/1.