Two teams currently living the life at the wrong side of the pints table face each other as Celta Vigo host Espanyol in La Liga at Balaídos.
But the bad start to the season is a reflection of how the team finished the last season. Ever since Iago Aspas got injured at the start of this year, Celta Vigo’s form took them from being a contender for European places to a team playing for its life in La Liga.
That said, the next home game gives the team a chance to bring their season back on track, for visitors Espanyol are struggling as well. They have won just once in the first five games, losing three times already in the 2019-20 season.
The La Liga match will be played between Celta Vigo and Espanyol at Balaídos, in Vigo, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 29,000.
The game will start at 11:30 PM (IST), on Thursday, September 26.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Celta Vigo – L W D D L D
Espanyol – D D L W D L
Celta Vigo Team News:
According to the official reports, David Junca has been cleared by the Celta Vigo medical staff. It means, the 25-year-old left-back is available for selection for the Espanyol clash. He injured his shoulder during the training on August 06. This will be his first competitive outing of the season, of the features.
While Juan Hernández continues with his recovery from a knee injury.
The duo returns from suspension:
Head coach Fran Escriba is set to welcome back both Jorge Saenz and Fran Beltran to his squad for this game after the duo served the suspension in the last game.
Expect Beltran to start in midfield, while Saenz should feature from the bench. In that case, Okay Yokuşlu should move down to the bench.
More good news for the hosts:
Rafinha should be available for selection here. The 26-year-old, who arrived at Baladios on-loan from Barcelona, picked up a knock during 0-0 stalemate against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
Celta Vigo Probable XI:
Ruben Blanco (GK), Lucas Olaza, Nestor Araujo, Joseph Aidoo, Hugo Mallo, Fran Beltran, Stanislav Lobotka, Denis Suarez, Rafinha, Santi Mina, Iago Aspas
Espanyol FC Team News:
Sebastien Corchia, Facundo Ferreyra and Ander Iturraspe all remain on the sideline for Espanyol.
No other injury problems for the visitors.
Expect changes from visitors:
Naldo is back from suspension a should get a straight entry into the playing 11, playing as a partner with Fernando Calero at the back. As a result, Lluís Lopez will be dropped from the starting 11.
David Gallego could hand both Javi Lopez and Adria Pedrosa a start on wing-back positions, while Víctor Sánchez should move back to his natural position.
David Lopez is almost back to full fitness and could start in the midfield.
Espanyol Probable XI:
Diego Lopez (GK), Javi Lopez, Naldo, Fernando Calero, Adria Pedrosa, Victor Sanchez, Marc Roca, Sergi Darder, Oscar Melendo, Matias Vargas, Jonathan Calleri
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
To be updated on India Fantasy Premium website.
CEV vs ESL Dream11 potential winner:
Espanyol should at least get a draw here.