10 September 2021, 15:38 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The Spanish La Liga fixture, Real Madrid vs. Celta de Vigo, kicks off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, September 12 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Preview Real Madrid La Liga, Sep 12, 2021
Preview Real Madrid are unbeaten in three league games following their 1-0 victory over Real Betis on Matchday 3 at the Benito Villamarn Stadium. Dani Carvajal (61') scored the game's only goal a minute after the hour-mark. Karim Benzema picked out the Madrid right-back with a delicate chip in the shape of a cross which was met with a cushioned right-footer for the only goal of the game. The goal placed Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga charts as the highest scoring side in the league with 8 goals ahead of Matchday 4. The numbers show an average of 2.7 goals per game. On the goal tally, Madrid have converted 53% of their shots on target, 15, so far this season over the last three games. Madrid sits at the top of the standings with 7 points after 2W, 1D, & 0L (WDW) ahead of this fixture against Celta de Vigo. On Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti could line-up the 4—3—3 formation with Karim Benzema playing through the middle while Gareth Bale remains on the right side. Vinicius Junior could make way for Eden Hazard in the starting lineup on Sunday. Riddled with injuries, Madrid could be without Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, and Ferland Mendy. Luka Modric could make the return, while centre-back Nacho Fernandez is in doubt for this fixture. In a shocking twist, Aleksander Ceferin revealed that the potential departure of Real Madrid, along with Barcelona and Juventus, would not be a bother for UEFA. I would not mind if they left, the UEFA President said in an interview with Der Spiegel before hitting out at Madrid's Florentino Perez over the failed attempt to secure Kylian Mbappe's signature in the just concluded summer transfer window.
Preview Celta de Vigo La Liga, Sep 12, 2021
Preview Meanwhile, RC Celta de Vigo suffered a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club on Matchday 3 at the Estadio de Balaídos. A first-half goal from Iñaki Williams (34') was enough for Athletic Club to secure the win. The defeat leaves Celta de Vigo at the bottom rung of the ladder in 18th place and with a point after 0W, 1D, & 2L (LDL). Despite the poor numbers, Vigo remains the third-best team for ball recoveries per minute, 3.8. Manager Eduardo Coudet continues alongside Celta in pursuit of their first win in the league this season. On Sunday, he could line up the 4—1—3—2 formation with the attacking pair of Santi Mina and Iago Aspas. Iago Aspas has been responsible for Celta's only goal since the turn of the new La Liga campaign. On availability, the coach could be without center-back Jose Fontán who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.