The match of the 17th round of La Liga between Celta and Villarreal will take place on January 13th at the Stadio Balaidos in Vigo.
Carlos Carvalhal’s team beat Elche 1-0 on the road last matchday, thus breaking their 8-match winless streak in the championship. Before that, the team had played three draws and lost five games. The victory allowed the team to leave the group of three outsiders, from which “Celta” was only one point behind. The team can’t win on the home field for 4 meetings in La Liga (2 draws and 2 losses).
The team unexpectedly defeated Real Madrid in the first match of the year. Before that, Villarreal had beaten Valencia with the same score of 2-1 and also at home, and then away against Espanyol (1-0). Kike Setien’s side have not won three league games in a row since last August. Such a series allowed to consolidate in the Eurocup zone, while the gap from the top 4 is only 1 point. On the road in La Liga, Villarreal had a six-match winless and “dry” streak (2 draws and 4 defeats) before beating Espanyol.
Despite the good current form, as well as the proximity to the Champions League zone, the guests should not expect a high realization of scoring chances or even victory. “Villarreal had managed to score only one goal in seven previous away matches. In addition, the games of Kike Setena’s wards are the most unproductive away games – an average of 1.3 goals. “Celta” although weak on the home field in 4 of the 6 previous home matches did not concede more than 1 goal. Our prediction: victory for Villarreal.