Primera Division | Real Sociedad-Celta Vigo
Kick Off: 17:30 Hrs
Venue: Estadio Anoeta
Sun 22nd Jan 2017
Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Match Prediction
Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Match Preview
Real Sociedad returned to winning ways after a 2-0 win over Malaga. Two second-half goals from Inigo Martinez and Juanmi were sufficient to claim a win, which extended the club's incredible away record in the last few weeks. Celta de Vigo have had an excellent start to 2017 after winning their last two league games. A narrow 1-0 win over Deportivo Alaves helped the team climb into the eighth place of the La Liga. The win, though, was courtesy of a late goal from Nemanja Radoja. An even better result in the midweek was a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.
Real Sociedad Preview
Real Sociedad's progress in the Copa del Rey has resulted in the team being involved in four matches in the New Year. In terms of league form, the club are reasonably good despite suffering heavy defeats against Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla in the last five matches. The win over Malaga kept the club within two points off Atletico Madrid in the fourth place, and they have been able to achieve such lofty positions largely because of their away form. Real Sociedad have the fourth best away record in the La Liga this season with 15 points from nine matches.
Celta De Vigo Preview
Celta de Vigo have been able to sustain a top 10 position largely because of their incredible home form. Only Sevilla and Real Madrid have been able to get more points at home than Celta de Vigo, who have secured an incredible seven wins from their 10 matches at Balaidos. Yet, the club finds itself outside a Europa League qualification place and it may be due to their poor away form. The solitary away success in eight matches came against Espanyol in a 2-0 win back in September. There is a high reliance upon former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, who has 11 league goals in 17 appearances.
Real Sociedad Team News
Mikel Gonzalez (thigh) and Carlos Martinez (cruciate ligament) are the certainties to miss out due to injury, while Carlos Vela and Joseba Zaldua are the players rated as doubtful.
Celta De Vigo Team News
Celta De Vigo do not have any players on the treatment table.
Betting Tips and Predictions
As the team with the worst defensive record amongst any in the top 11 places, Celta de Vigo can be expected to ship plenty of goals against any team. They are up against a Real Sociedad team who have failed to score only once in the last eight home matches. Celta de Vigo have a poor record at Anoeta with only one win, a surprise 3-2 win in 2015, since 2000. I can only see Real Sociedad’s good home form and Celta’s poor away form resulting in a win for Eusebio’s men.
Only one of the last four meetings between the two teams at this ground have a witnessed less than 2.5 goals. A remarkable 14 goals conceded by Celta de Vigo in the last five away matches makes me back the bet of goals over 2.5 in this game.
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