Two of the teams that have underperformed in the previous La Liga season will square off on Saturday afternoon at the Estadio de Balaidos, with Celta Vigo taking on Espanyol for their La Liga 2018/19 opener. Celta Vigo finished on a disappointing 13th position in the league table last season, nine points behind the Europa League places. Meanwhile, Espanyol had the same amount of points, but they ended the season in 11th, due to a better goal difference. Follow all our predictions, odds, free bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Celta Vigo have struggled for fluency in the second part of the previous La Liga season, and that’s why they missed an Europa League spot. Celta have also had a terrible pre-season campaign, losing two and drawing three of their five friendlies. The good news is that Celta Vigo are undefeated in twelve competitive home games.
Espanyol, on the other hand, looked great towards the end of the previous campaign and they managed to carry on this form in pre-season. The Catalans have won each of their six friendly games, including a comfortable 3-1 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their most recent game. Espanyol aren’t such a great side on the road usually, but they still managed to win their last three league trips of the previous campaign.
Celta Vigo have been a strong home team in La Liga last season and we fancy them to kick off this campaign on a positive note. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate Celta Vigo to win at odds 1.90.
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Celta Vigo have suffered just three defeats in their last 20 home games across all competitions. Furthermore, OS Celestes are unbeaten in their last eight home meetings with Espanyol. They face an Espanyol team that have won just four of their 19 league trips last season. Our preview would back Celta Vigo to win at odds 1.90.
Celta Vigo to win at odds 1.90
Celta Vigo vs Espanyol Draw at odds 3.40
Espanyol to win at odds 4.00
Correct Score odds
In terms of goals, both sides got on the scoresheet in four of the last five meetings between them. Celta have netted at least one goal in four of their five friendlies in pre-season, but the same thing can be said about Espanyol too. Our correct score fancies Celta Vigo to win 2-1 at odds 15.00.
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Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Each of Celta’s last three games have seen more than three goals. On the other hand, Espanyol have been scoring goals for fun throughout their pre-season campaign. The Catalans have netted at least two goals in each of their last six friendlies. Our total goals prediction anticipate over 2.5 goals at odds 2.15.
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First Goalscorer odds
Iago Aspas has been on fire for Celta Vigo over the past three seasons, having netted 55 goals in this term. He has scored once in his most recent three games and we fancy him to find the opener here. Our first goalscorer prediction is Iago Aspas at odds 4.33.
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Free bet offers
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