La Liga Match Preview: Celta de Vigo vs. Getafe

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Updated: August 18, 2014
Celta de Vigo 2014

Match Date: 25 August 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Municipal de Balaídos

(Featured image: Celta Vigo | Source: blanquivioletas.com)

 

Four spots or seven points separated Celta de Vigo from Getafe last season, with the former ranking on the higher end. From their two matches of that same season, however, Getafe seem to be the better side.

 

Celta de Vigo

Although they ended their La Liga campaign last season with a defeat from Valencia 2-1, Os Celticos still emerged as one of the top half clubs of the entire tournament. They ranked ninth overall, after recording 14 victories, seven draws, and 17 losses. Form-wise, however, it was pretty apparent that they were struggling in the defense, although their attack was quite good enough to keep their hopes high. They scored 49 goals in 38 appearances but conceded 54, for a goal deficit of -5.

 

Eduardo Berizzo’s men produced mixed but generally good displays in their pre-season friendlies. Their first match resulted in a 1-0 away defeat to Constantine, followed by a massive 7-1 home victory against Rapido Bouzas. Their next three battles ended in draws (versus Norwich City 2-2, Wolverhampton 1-1, and Burnley 2-2). They capped their Summer warm-ups with back-to-back triumphs against Everton 1-3 and Deportivo La Coruña 2-0.

 

Getafe

Getafe were only three points clear of the relegation zone last season, which suggests that they went through a very challenging campaign. They spent eight non-consecutive weeks in the bottom three but thanks to their successes late in the tournament, they were spared from demotion. Nevertheless, they need to up their game if they wish to secure a better spot in the upcoming season. Their defense is lackluster at best while their attack does not seem to be of significant reliability.

 

Based on their pre-season friendlies, the Azulones are faced again with bizarre problem on inconsistency. They finished three out of their five matches on the losing side while only earning two wins from the same set. While they pulled off a three-goal clean sheet against Gimnastica Segoviana, Cosmin Contra’s men were rendered goalless by Sporting Gijon, who later won the tourney via penalties.

 

Football betting tip: Celta Vigo will rank high in the table with a season-opener victory over Getafe.