Celta Vigo briefly climbed above the relegation zone after winning consecutive games, but the recent home draw to Bilbao caused them to sink back in. Now they would gladly settle for another point against Atletico Madrid, the last vastly superior opponent they will be facing in the remaining rounds.
Match: Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid
Bet: Celta Vigo 1X
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.72
Atletico Madrid lost the chance to finish second in 2013, but booked a place for the Champions League next season, which turned players complacent. Falcao played for 90 minute the last round but he didn’t shine at La Coruna and it is likely for him to be kept on the bench when his team travels to Vigo. They face another desperate team and one that is much better at defending than Deportivo was, so another scoreless draw wouldn’t be shocking.
The visitors are more concerned about the upcoming game against Barcelona, and with the fixture being scheduled four days from now, Falcao needs to be made ready for that major confrontation. As for the hosts, they play with a sense of urgency and all the remaining five games are just as meaningful. Celta Vigo hasn’t won against Atletico Madrid in more than five years but they spent a couple of season in the second league. Tonight they will start with only Iago Aspas upfront and reinforce their defensive with another player, because a single point would propel them out of the relegation zone.
Celta Vigo is clearly the weaker team, but the hosts are just as motivated as La Coruna was one week ago hence capable of achieving a similar result. There is value in the odds offered by Pinnacle Sports for the hosts not to lose so the double chance wager or the +0,5 Asian handicap are just as good at 1.72.