Espanyol and Celta de Vigo meet at RCDE Stadium, in a match for the 34 th round of the First Division. The two teams tied (1-1), on 18-08-2018, in the previous match for this edition of the league. The history of direct matches played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, in 18 -09-2017, for the First Division, Espanyol won by (2-1). Gerard Moreno (10 ‘) and P. Piatti (24’) scored the goals of the match, for Espanyol, and P. Sisto (69 ‘), for Celta de Vigo. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 10th and 15th of the league table, it is really a match between the 8th ranked in home games and the 19th as a visitor.
After 11 wins, 9 draws and 13 losses, the home team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 42 points won. In their last match, they tied Levante for (2-2), after in the previous match they won (2-1) at home, in a match against Deportivo Alavés. This is a stronger team in his stadium, where he has won 29 points, against only 13 in his away matches. For the championship, Espanyol won 14 points out of 30 possible, after 4 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in the last 10 matches they played in their stadium. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches and has not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 33 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 of the 13 matches they suffered in the first goal.
Espanyol left for this day with a draw, two, in the move to Levante, totaling the fourth consecutive game without losing in this Spanish championship: the team’s goals were scored by Roca and Borja Iglesias. Normally coach Rubí plays in 4-3-3, however, he does not put aside the possibility of playing in 4-2-3-1, privileging the organization, possession of the ball and positional attacks, especially through the flanks: Melendo is very fast and eximio in the defense-attack transition. It is important to underline that Borja Inglesias is the great scorer of Espanyol, with 13 goals scored. The foreign trainer does not have David López, Facundo Ferreyra, Piatti and Rosales, players recovering from injury.
Celta de Vigo:
The away team is currently in the 15 th position of the league, with 35 points won, after 9 wins, 8 draws and 16 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Atlético Madrid, by (2-0). In the last match, they won at home against Girona by (2-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since it has won 10 points in away matches and 25 at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 33 conceded in away matches, against 27 goals scored and 23 conceded at home. In the last 10 away league matches Celta de Vigo has a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 7 losses, so they have won 5 points out of 30 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 9 away matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so he was not very strong defensively. There is a tendency for goals in their away matches, since 14 of the last 16 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 33 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 18 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
Celta de Vigo comes to this game with a 2-1 victory at the Girona reception, returning to the triumphs after the defeat against Atlético de Madrid: the goals of the team were marked by Iago Aspas and Boufal. Due to the good moment in which it goes through, with three victories in the last five games played, the visiting club managed to leave the relegation zone. In this game away from home coach Fran Escribá must align in the same tactical system of the last game, that is, in 4-4-2, benefiting the organization of his block and counterattacks. It is important to emphasize that striker Iago Aspas is the best scorer of Celta de Vigo, with 16 goals scored. Brais Méndez and David Junca continue from outside due to injury.