Villarreal aims to recover from two consecutive defeats as they host Celta Vigo at Estadio de la Ceramica on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo seeks back-to-back league wins for the first time since March.
Marcelino’s Villarreal faced defeat in their last two league games but managed a positive performance in the Europa League to top their group. The recent 4-1 loss to Real Madrid put them in the 14th spot, just three points ahead of Celta Vigo.
Villarreal struggles at home, with their nine home matches yielding only seven points, reflecting the challenge they face at Estadio de la Ceramica. However, they’ll draw confidence from their recent 1-0 victories against Celta Vigo in their home meetings.
Celta Vigo, sitting in the relegation zone, enters the match after securing their first La Liga victory since September against Granada.
Despite their precarious position, they’ve remained undefeated in their last four league games and aim to capitalize on Villarreal’s recent setbacks.
Celta’s away form has been concerning, managing just one win in eight away games. However, they’ve recently shown defensive solidity, keeping three clean sheets in their last four matches.
Villarreal faces several absentees, including Gerard Moreno and Etienne Capoue due to suspension.
Injuries rule out Matteo Gabbia, Juan Foyth, Francis Coquelin, Santi Comesana, Denis Suarez, Yeremy Pino, and Alex Baena is uncertain due to an ankle problem.
Celta Vigo will miss Iago Aspas, suspended following a red card in the last game. Carl Starfelt’s availability is doubtful, potentially allowing Carlos Dominguez to continue in defense.
Altmira, Mandi, Cuenca, Pedraza;
Akhomach, Terrats, Parejo, Trigueros;
Celta Vigo: (4-4-2)
Vazquez, Nunez, C. Dominguez, Ristic;
Mingueza, Tapia, Dotor, Bamba;
Prediction: Villarreal 1-1 Celta Vigo
While Celta Vigo enters with confidence after their recent win, Villarreal aims to recover from their defeats. Expect a closely fought contest with both teams sharing the points, ending in a draw.