Real Madrid welcome Celta Vigo on Sunday for what will be Los Blancos’ first game at the Santiago Bernabeu this term. Carlo Ancelotti’s men earned seven points after their first three games, while Los Celestes are yet to get their first win after managing just one draw so far.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 12 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: La Liga TV
Last time: Karim Benzema’s first-half brace set the tone for Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory against Celta back in March. Santi Mina scored for Los Celestes, while Marco Asensio added the third for Los Blancos at Abanca-Balaidos.
Real Madrid v Celta Vigo Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid face Celta Vigo on Sunday evening in their first official game at the Santiago Bernabeu this term. Like usual, the condition of some key players remains a question after the international break.
Despite this, Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be confident of getting the three points against their struggling visitors in front of their home fans, as Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 10 meetings with Celta.
Los Blancos have seven victories and three draws during that stretch, while they also won both of their clashes against Los Celestes last term with the game at the Bernabeu ending in a 2-0 victory.
Real Madrid are currently top of the table with seven points from their opening three games, as Ancelotti’s side earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Real Betis right before the international break. Los Blancos have scored eight goals, but they have been leaky at the back, conceding four times, although most of those came in the 3-3 draw against Alaves.
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Celta, meanwhile, have had one of their worst starts in recent seasons, as Eduardo Coudet’s men have just one point after three rounds and have scored only one goal. Iago Aspas netted from the spot in the 2-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the opening round, so Les Celestes are yet to find the back of the net from open play.
Their only point was a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Osasuna, so Celta will have to improve quickly, otherwise they run a serious risk of being stuck in the relegation zone from the early rounds.
However, a visit to Real Madrid is arguably the toughest fixture for the Galicians, as their last victory at the Bernabeu in La Liga dates way back to 2006, when they won 2-1. Celta have managed just one draw in Madrid since then, so all odds are against the visitors in this one.
Real Madrid are heavy 2/5 favourites with William Hill to win their first home game this season. The draw is priced at 4/1, while a what would be a shock win for the visitors is available at 7/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has scored the opener in three of his last six outings against Celta. The Frenchman already has two goals, including the opener against Alaves, in three La Liga games this term and will be one of the main favourites to break the deadlock against Celta.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Santi Mina has scored Celta’s only goal in La Liga this term. The 25-year-old striker has two goals in his last three appearances against Real Madrid and will need to be at his absolute best if Los Celestes are to stand a chance on Sunday.
Long shot: Real Madrid won two of their last three games at the Santiago Bernabeu 2-0. A repeat of that result is available at 13/2, while it rises further if you pair it with Benzema to score the opener.