The first round was disappointing for Celta Vigo who lost at home with Malaga and downright crushing for Real Sociedad who got hammered by Barcelona at Nou Camp. While the Basque side will probably have to forsake its ambitions of playing in European competitions next season, they surely won’t lay down their weapons just yet.
Bet: Real Sociedad
Odds: Pinnacle 2.15
Celta Vigo spent the last season in Segunda Division, a league where they feel more comfortable than in the first flight. This doesn’t mean that the players lack the experience or find the pressure unbearable, because they’ve shifted between the two divisions lately. Subsequent relegations speak for themselves and tonight they will face a team that somehow survived season after season despite a poor placement. The secret that keeps Real Sociedad in Primera Division is that they are very effective when facing weaker teams in front of their fans.
Putting the latest transfers to the test
The Basque outfit is favorite to win tonight in front of a packed arena, and the transfers made during the season break should increase their chances upfront. Carlos Vela decided to remain with Sociedad after playing here on loan from Arsenal, while Jose Angel and Gonzalo Castro are among the recent signings. They didn’t factor in the 5-1 defeat in Barcelona, but they should make a contribution to a home win against the weaker Celta Vigo.
Sociedad has a strong midfield and young players such as Asier Illarramendi are going to help the team a lot in the upcoming years. The advantage Basque clubs have over their Spanish counterparts is that their players are rarely departing for better wages and unless the offer is terrific, they continue to support their team even after reaching their climax. Celta on the other hand has turned into a transfer agency lately and the signing of Michael Krohn-Dehli is the only good thing that they can brag about.
The visitors will send the Denmark international upfront as a sole striker and his contribution to the cause will depend on how many passes he’ll receive from midfielders. In this area Real Sociedad has the upper hand, so it is only fair to assume that Krohn-Dehli will have to make the most of the few balls he receives. The hosts need to rebound after the disheartening defeat and if they do it tonight, the Punters who back them with Pinnacle will cash in on the generous 2.15 odds.