Celta Vigo – Alaves SOCCER PICKS
Celta de Vigo and Deportivo Alavés face at Estadio de Balaídos, in a match for the 9th round of the First Division. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 2 and tied 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, on 10-09- 2017, for the First Division, Celta de Vigo won by (1-0). M. Gómez (34 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. Attention to the home factor, since the Celta de Vigo usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
Celta de Vigo:
After 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 10 th position, with 10 points won. In their last match, they lost with Sevilla out by (2-1), after in the previous match they tied for (1-1) at home, in a match against Getafe. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 4 draws and 10 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 9 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. For the championship, Celta de Vigo won 6 points out of 12 possible, after 1 win and 3 draws in the last 4 home matches.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 8 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 8 matches for this competition. In 8 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 5 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 7 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Celta de Vigo started the Spanish league well, with 2 victories, including one over Atlético de Madrid, and 1 draw, but since then it has accumulated 5 rounds without knowing what it is to win and needs 3 points to finish the dizzying fall in the qualifying table. The big problem has been the defensive inefficiency, since the team has the sixth worst defense, much because of the offensive style of the team, which likes to attack from the first minutes, so much that it has the third most effective attack of the national championship, but that ends up leaving many spaces in his defense. Playing at home, as in this Friday’s match, comes from 2 consecutive draws, in which he scored and suffered goals, showing again his offensive strength, but also the defensive fragility in this type of situation. For the match against Alavés, coach Mohamed must keep the team in 3-4-3, with highlight for forward Iago Aspas, the team’s top scorer and third best scorer in this edition of La Liga.
After 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, the away team is currently in the 6 th position, with 14 points won. In their last match, they beat Real Madrid at home (1-0), after in the previous match they lost out in a match against Levante, by (2-1). This is a team that usually shows similar results in home and away matches, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, as in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. For the championship, Deportivo Alavés won 6 points out of 12 possible points, after 2 wins and 2 losses in the last 4 matches they played against. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In the last 5 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Alavés is making an amazing campaign in La Liga. He finished a series of 2 games without a win with a great victory over the powerful Real Madrid in the last day and now goes in search of another 3 points to stay strong in the fight for a place to access the European competitions next season . The team has been demonstrating a reasonable balance between the offensive and defensive sectors, having the seventh most effective attack and the ninth strongest defense of the national championship, being a team that cares first to defend, and then goes out in search of its goal, generally in counterattacks, in which you do not have to expose yourself too much. The Alavés scored no fewer than 7 goals in the last 3 games, being that in these 3 games he had plenty of space, which has been deadly for his adversaries with defensive problems. For the match against Celta de Vigo, coach Abelardo must maintain both the tactical formation and the line-up that guaranteed the victory over Real Madrid on the last day, playing in a more studied way and taking advantage to go out on the attack in speed.