Real Madrid host Celta Vigo at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano as La Liga rings in the new year. The champions are clicking into gear at the right time, and have a superb record against Los Celestes to go with their home advantage on Saturday night.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 2 January, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo: Premier Sports
Last time: Real Madrid came from behind to lead 2-1 when the teams met at the Bernabeu in February, but Santi Mina scored a late leveller for Celta as the game finished in a 2-2 draw.
Real Madrid v Celta Vigo Predictions and Preview
Celta Vigo are winless in their last 12 La Liga fixtures against Real Madrid, losing on 10 occasions. Ominously for the visitors here, Los Blancos seem to have overcome their early season troubles to come up with the winning formula once again.
Madrid have certainly figured out the recipe for success against Celta over the past six seasons, scoring 38 goals in their 10 most recent victories over the Galicians. At an average of almost four goals per game scored with less than one per game conceded at the other end, the champions’ supremacy has been clear.
Two of the last six meetings between the sides have ended in 2-2 draws, giving Vigo a glimmer of hope this weekend. The same result in this game is priced at 18/1, with a straight draw available at 4/1 in your Real Madrid v Celta Vigo predictions.
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Real Madrid to win 4-1
Real Madrid to win and over 4.5 goals
An away win is 6/1, although that looks highly unlikely given Los Celticos’ form in this fixture. Vigo haven’t beaten Madrid away from home in La Liga since recording a 2-1 triumph at the Bernabeu in 2006.
Eduardo Coudet’s side did hit some form prior to Christmas though, winning five matches in a row prior to their 1-1 draw away to Getafe on 23 December. That followed a run of eight games without a win, where Celta conceded 18 goals and scored just six in losing five times and drawing the other three.
Real also impressed in the run-up to Christmas, winning six in a row and keeping four clean sheets prior to the brief winter break. There’s no doubt Zinedine Zidane’s side are the hot favourites for the win, priced at 4/9 with William Hill in the latest odds for this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scored six goals in five games immediately prior to Christmas, and the French striker will rank as the favourite to break the deadlock in this one.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Like Benzema, Celta forward Iago Aspas had scored eight times in La Liga before Christmas, marking him out as one to watch in this Real Madrid v Celta Vigo preview.
Long shot: Real Madrid have scored 3.8 goals per game and conceded 0.9 per game across their last 10 victories over Celta. A 4-1 home win is priced at 21/1 on Saturday, while you could try adding in-form Benzema as the first scorer for even bigger odds.