La Liga Betting: Real to see of Celta on Sunday



Cristiano Ronaldo sauntered through the Old Trafford mixed zone on Tuesday night clutching a carrier bag containing Ryan Giggs' shirt, which had been signed by the entire Manchester United team - some present for destroying the club's dreams. Unsurprisingly, he had mixed emotions as his two goals over the course of the two matches had been the difference. "I feel happy because Madrid are through, but a bit sad because United are out," he admitted.

Their goalkeeper Diego López had a good match too as Madrid ran out 2-1 winners. "The team has shown they are champions," he told Marca. "It was a difficult game at a difficult place. With 11 against 11, they had the match in their favour. We didn’t know where to go. The sending off altered the game, but we had to get two goals and we succeeded." When Iker Casillas does return, José Mourinho may have genuine cause not to play his club captain.

Celta Vigo boss Abel Resino is fearful of Madrid's ability in transition: "If we play together as a team, and reduce their space, then we have a chance. But their counter-attack is deadly." A win could take the club out of the bottom three.

Team news

Ángel di María is looking doubtful so Kaká is likely to come in. Assistant Aitor Karanka told the press that Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane and Fábio Coentrão deserve a rest having played three in a row. Pepe, Raúl Albiol and Marcelo are the expected arrivals into the first eleven.

Samuel Llorca and Hugo Mallo are long-term absentees for Celta, whilst Roberto Lago adds to their defensive issues as he struggles to make this match. Carlos Bellvis will be the left-back should Lago not beat the clock.

Form

Could Real Madrid have had a better week at this stage of the campaign? Two victories over your arch-rivals Barcelona and a win at Manchester United; into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the final of the Copa del Rey; it's been an amazing eight days for José Mourinho's season and legacy.

It's just one win in six for the Sky Blues as they battle with relegation, though Resino has only had two matches. He replaced former Liverpool coach Paco Herrera at the end of February.

Recent head-to-head

The clubs last met just two months ago as Madrid won comfortably at the Santiago Bernabéu in the cup. In the previous six meetings between the sides, four times the result has ended 2-1, with both clubs managing two wins. Real Madrid are 8.00 to win 2-1 while Celta Vigo are 22.00 to do the same.

Goalscorer betting

The transformation in recent weeks of two players that were previously written off by many has assisted with the shift in fortunes of Los Blancos. Kaká has been impressive in the league, winning himself a call-up to his national squad. The Brazilian is 8.00 to score the first goal. Luka Modrić's equaliser in the week was only his second goal for the club, and certainly the most significant. He misplaced just one pass all evening and is 4.25 to hit the net at any time here.

Verdict

They may be trailing by thirteen points in the league, but privately Mourinho will be telling his players that they can certainly close the gap, whilst Barcelona continue like a captainless ship. Expect them to see of Celta at 1.42.

Bonus bet

There have been 24 corners in the last three matches involving Celta Vigo, whilst Madrid had 21 in the United game alone. Over 11.5 corners is 1.95.

Score prediction: Celta Vigo 0-2 Real Madrid (10.00)