The battle for European qualification in Spain continues this weekend, as Villarreal returns to El Madrigal. The hosts will be looking to put a poor recent run of form behind them when they take on Celta Vigo on Sunday.
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Villarreal firmly remains in contention for a European finish this term, but they will need to amend their recent form to achieve that finish. They come into this match after losing twice across their previous three matches, which ended a run of three straight victories in the league. However, they still have a realistic chance of securing a top six finish this term.
Their home form has been their biggest asset throughout the season, as they have lost just four times in front of their home fans. That is a contrast to their record on the road, where they have lost more frequently. As well as that, they have scored fewer goals and allowed more on the road this season.
Celta Vigo will feel as though they are nearly safe in La Liga this term. They currently hold a nine-point advantage over the bottom three places in the standings, and they claimed a much-needed victory in their most recent match in La Liga.
It was a dramatic success for Vigo on that occasion, as they registered the winning goal in the 90th minute against Elche. Joseph Aidoo was the hero in the match, with his effort being the ninth shot on target that Vigo recorded. They defended well in that fixture, as they limited Elche to just a single shot on target.
Villarreal vs Celta Vigo Head to Head
Villarreal comes into this match having gone three without a defeat against Celta Vigo. Meanwhile, they have lost just once in the last six clashes between the sides. The previous meeting this term saw the points shared, as the La Liga sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Villarreal vs Celta Vigo Prediction
The trends will indicate that this will be a low-scoring match this weekend, with each of the last three resulting in under 2.5 goals. We expect that to be the case on Sunday, but we expect Villarreal to maintain their challenge for a European finish with a 1-0 home win.
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