Two consecutive victories were enough for Celta Vigo to claw its way from the bottom of Primera Division, but they’re not yet in the clear. Winning at home against Athletic Bilbao is vital if the hosts are to leave the relegation area for the first time in the second half of the regular season.
Match: Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao
Bet: Celta Vigo
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.56
Celta Vigo achieved two narrow victories over Zaragoza and Levante and those six points could well be the ones that will save them from relegation. Tonight they will face an opponent who has seven points ahead and would gladly settle for a single point away from home, especially when they are without three key players. Athletic Bilbao hasn’t won in more than a month but comes after an uplifting 2-2 draw against Barcelona and is confident in achieving at least one point in Vigo.
Impressive as their performance might seem, Bayern proved beyond any doubt that Barcelona is no longer the team with an airtight defensive and earning points against them is not a huge achievement. Celta Vigo has four missing players, but only the Korean Chu-Young Park will be missed up front, with the rest of the absentees being inconsequential. The hosts will start with a 4-4-2 formation for the first time in weeks, featuring Aspas and Bermejo upfront as they are in dire need of a victory.
The odds for a home win are terrific with Pinnacle Sports, in fact they are so high that some punters might be intimidated. A less dangerous wager would be backing the hosts at full stakes with the cover of a 0:0 Asian handicap that would have the stakes returned in case of a draw, but the odds for such a bet revolve around 1.80 with the same bookmaker.