Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW

On Saturday afternoon, Real Madrid host Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu, in the first game since the return of French boss Zinedine Zidane to the club from the capital.

The Frenchman replaced the sacked Santiago Solari on Monday after a poor run of form for Los Blancos. Solari’s last game in charge in the club saw a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid. The win ended a three-game losing run for Real Madrid in all competitions.

Their recent La Liga form has been inconsistent, as they have won two and lost two of their last four outings in the Spanish top-flight.

Rather unusually for Los Blancos, their recent home record in La Liga has been poor, as they have lost three of their last five league matches at the Bernabeu.

A poor run of league form has led to Celta Vigo slipping into the relegation zone, although they are just one point from safety. In fact, Celta have lost nine of their last 11 outings in La Liga. A 1-0 home defeat against Real Betis last time out means that the visitors have now failed to score in their last three league games.

Celta’s recent poor away form in La Liga has played a major part in Celta’s position in the table, as the visitors have won just one of their last 12 games on their travels. The visitors have also lost five of their last six away matches in the Spanish top-flight. They struggled for goals on their travels of late, having scored just four times in six away matches in La Liga.

TEAM NEWS

Real Madrid are without midfielder Casemiro through suspension. Gareth Bale, Vinicius Junior, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez also look set to miss out due to injury.

Celta look set to be without Spanish international Iago Aspas through injury

Match Prediction

Zidane’s return to the Real Madrid dugout will lift the team and I cannot see any other result than a home victory.

2/9 Odds

PREDICTION – HOME WIN

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.