Although they come into this weekend’s game with thoughts turning to the Champions League final, Real Madrid must take care of their La Liga business first against Celta Vigo. The visitors are still in with a chance of finishing in the top half of the table, and will be no pushovers.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 12 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: After going behind to a Daniel Wass goal just after the half-hour mark when the teams met in January, Gareth Bale struck a quick-fire brace to send Real in at half-time with a 2-1 lead. However, Maxi Gomez rescued a point for the hosts late on.
Real Madrid v Celta Vigo Predictions and Preview
Even with one eye on Kiev, Real Madrid start this game as huge favourites in the betting. Celta Vigo haven’t beaten Los Blancos at the Bernabeu in La Liga since they did so two years running in 2005 and 2006, although the visitors can take encouragement from their Copa del Rey meeting last season.
Los Celestes knocked Real out of the competition last January, beating Zinedine Zidane’s side 2-1 at the Bernabeu before finishing the job with a 2-2 draw in the second leg. The bookmakers don’t fancy another victory in Madrid for Celta though, which is priced at 9/1.
The home team start the game at 4/11, and they’ll be clear favourites whatever line-up Zidane decides to send out with the final in mind. Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss out after picking up a knock to his ankle in last weekend’s Clasico, while Dani Carvajal is still out too.
Gareth Bale is free to play after a suspension though, while Isco is back in contention after a shoulder injury too. The visitors meanwhile have Iago Aspas and Nemanja Radoja back in training after injury, although Emre Mor is a doubt with a sprained ankle.
Real are locked in a battle with city rivals Atletico Madrid to finish second, and they need a good build up to the Champions League final as they go in search of their fourth European crown in just five years.
If you think the clash with Liverpool will create a distraction though, the draw could come into play and that’s available at 21/4. Two of the last three meetings between the sides have ended 2-2, and a repeat of that scoreline is 16/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale scored a sumptuous equaliser against Barcelona on Sunday, and is sure to be in high spirits after the birth of his son this week. He’s 41/10 to open the scoring in this one, and 6/1 to bag a second brace of the season against Celta.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas has 21 goals for Los Celestes this season, so Juan Carlos Unzue will be hoping he’s fit to play. If he does, he could be worth a punt at 10/1 for the first goal.
Long shot: Even though there’s more than 10 years between them, both of Celta’s last two victories at the Bernabeu have been by 2-1 scorelines. A repeat of that result on Saturday is priced at 28/1.