Celta Vigo Vs Athletic Bilbao Preview And Prediction

In this anticipated La Liga clash, Celta Vigo looks to secure their stay in the top flight as they face off against Athletic Bilbao at Balaidos.

Match Preview

The hosts are in 18th place going into matchday 36, while Athletic Bilbao sits in fifth place with 61 points from 35 games.

Celta lost their third away game in a row last weekend, despite a strong performance against Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid scored a late winner in the 84th minute, leading to Celta’s 17th defeat of the season. Only Granada and Almeria have lost more games in La Liga this season.

Even though Celta didn’t add to their 34 points, they still have a five-point lead over Cadiz before their final three matches against Athletic, Granada, and Valencia.

Celta can secure their safety on matchday 36 by beating Athletic and if Cadiz loses to Sevilla.

Despite not having the best home record, Celta has won three of their last four home matches.

Athletic, after winning the Copa del Rey, has had an inconsistent run in the league, with one win, three draws, and one loss in their last five matches.

Athletic is on the verge of securing Europa League qualification and a fifth-placed finish, which would be their best La Liga season since 2015-16.

Athletic’s strong defense has only conceded 35 goals in 35 matches, second only to Real Madrid.

Team News & Updates:

Celta’s Mihailo Ristic is unlikely to play due to an ankle injury, while Joseph Aidoo remains out. Carles Perez and Williot Swedberg should be available.

Iago Aspas will be a key player for Celta after scoring three goals in the last two home matches.

Gorka Guruzeta will miss the game for Athletic after appendix surgery, while Oihan Sancet and Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta are doubtful.

Yuri Berchiche will be suspended for the match, but Yeray Alvarez and Aitor Paredes return from suspension for Athletic.

Prediction & Analysis

With Celta Vigo’s strong home form and Athletic Bilbao’s recent struggles on the road, a draw seems likely. Celta’s resilience at home could see them extend their unbeaten streak in front of their supporters.

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