The first game of the nineteenth round of games in La Liga will be between Rayo Vallecano and Celta de Vigo. Both teams were eliminated in the Copa del Rey in December and therefore had no cup obligations this week. Who can hand out a hard mental tick in this ‘six-point match’?
Rayo Vallecano has often been close to winning in recent weeks and last week it was finally that far. Visitors to Los Rayistas were able to book an important 0-1 victory when they were joined with fellow PhD student and direct competitor Real Valladolid. Thanks to the victory, the Madrid club keeps track of enforcement in La Liga and is completely open again in the lower regions of the league table.
This weekend there is a big final on the program, with a new profit, Los Rayistas come at least one day above the relegation stripe. Celta de Vigo is in a difficult period, so this is the perfect moment for Rayo Vallecano to show that it belongs in the Primera División. Goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski is currently one of the most important men on the side of Rayo. The 25-year-old close-up has often saved his team from setbacks in the last few weeks and put a penalty in the final stages against Valladolid.
Celta de Vigo:
After a strong start of the season, it seems to be a bit against Celta de Vigo. The club from Galicia was thrown out of the cup tournament in December and started the new calendar year with a defeat at home. On Monday-evening, low flyer Athletic Bilbao was 1-2 too strong for Los Celestes, meaning that the Galicians now have to settle for a fourteenth place in the rankings.
In the front Celta de Vigo has things pretty good for each other, with 28 league matches the club has three teams after the best attack. The Achilles heel of the light blue is clearly the defense. The central men in the back are actually too slow and lack quality to get points for their club. This season, the team of coach Miguel Cardoso did not manage to keep the zero in no games at all. To make matters worse, club top scorer Iago Aspas has to be missed for at least two to three weeks, so the weak defense can not just be compensated with many goals.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.94