Balaidos, Vigo, January 08 at 01:30 AM IST
Celta Vigo will look to cash in on the recent turnarounds in the earlier fixtures of Matchday 18 as they host a desperate looking Athletic Bilbao side on Monday. A win will move the hosts into the top 10, while a draw will take them to the 11th spot behind Levante. Visits to Camp Nou are hardly pleasant and Miguel Cardoso will look to shrug it off at the earliest. Bilbao have the defensive resilience, but Celta Vigo will fancy their chances considering their pace and ability to spread through a defence at will.
Athletic Bilbao in the relegation zone is something very hard to digest for a football fan who has watched them this season. They’ve lost just five times this season and walked out unscathed from Camp Nou. Despite that, they find themselves stuck at the 17th position battling for survival in the top division. They will be desperate to turn their unlucky draws into wins now, and they very well know they’re capable of doing it on their day.
Athletic Bilbao – 3, Celta Vigo – 1, Draws – 0
Athletic Bilbao – D D W W L W
Celta Vigo – L D W L W L
Athletic Bilbao Team News
Celta Vigo Team News
Athletic Bilbao Playing11: Herrerin (GK); Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Yuri; Susaeta, Muniain, Extebarria, Aduriz, Cordoba; Inaki Williams
Celta Vigo Playing11: Blanco (GK); Junca, Costas, Araujo, Mallo; Lobotka, Yokuslu, Beltran; Boufal, Gomez, Mendez
For Celta Vigo, the key players are expected to be Boufal and Beltran. For Athletic Bilbao, the things will depend massively on Inaki Williams, who will be leading their attack, and Aduriz.