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Celta Vigo has followed a winless sequence at the start of La Liga 2023/24 and faces the challenge of Real Madrid in the next fixture. Both teams will be entering at Estadio De Balaidos on Friday, 25 August.
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With the Spanish first division resuming its action, we have compiled the anticipated lineups for both Celta Vigo and Real Madrid, along with a recap of the most recent news concerning these two teams.
Team News: Celta Vigo
After a home defeat against Osasuna in the first round of the league, Celta Vigo secured a single point against Real Sociedad with a 1-1 draw. The Sky Blues were down to one goal in the 22nd minute through Sociedad’s Barrenetxea. But Celta Vigo finally managed to find the back of the net after six shots on the target, Oscar Mingueza scoring a stoppage-time equalizer.
Gabri Viega found himself on the bench during the previous game, as rumors linked him to a move to Napoli. He was set to fly to Italy for a medical on Monday night. However, recent reports indicate that the transfer deal between the two clubs has fallen through. Despite this, it remains uncertain whether Gabri will feature in the upcoming game, as decisions regarding his transfer are yet to be confirmed.
Sky Blues’ Augustin Marchesin is currently their only fitness concern, as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.
Manu Sanchez earned a spot in the starting lineup against Sociedad and played for more than eighty minutes. He is anticipated to receive another opportunity. Given the present circumstances, no lineup changes are expected for Celta compared to their previous match.
Celta Vigo Predicted lineup (4-4-2) :
Villar; Mingueza, Aidoo, Nunez, Sanchez; Perez, Beltran, Sotelo, Bamba; Aspas, Larsen
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid made a trip to Almeria for the second round of La Liga and came from behind to secure a 1-3 lead. Jube Bellingham had a significant impact for his second consecutive game for Real Madrid and notched a brace. Vinicius Junior made the last change to the scoreline in the 73rd minute.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and Arda Guler are dealing with injury concerns ahead of the upcoming fixture. Dani Cabellos and Ferland Mendy have participated in training sessions with the first team. However, it’s anticipated that these two players will have to wait for another game in La Liga before returning to the field.
In the first two rounds of the League, Andriy Lunin stepped in as a replacement for Courtois. However, Madrid’s new goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, is expected to make his debut against Celta Vigo, as hinted by head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid Predicted Lineups (4-3-1-2):
Kepa, Garcia, Alaba, Rudiger, Carvajal, Kroos, Tchouameni, Valverde, Bellingham, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo.
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The English international has been heralded as the next big thing for the Three Lions and the future of Los Blancos. In his two outings thus far, he has chipped in with three goals while also laying down an assist. While five Real Madrid players are sidelined, Bellingham is available for selection and will take the pitch against Celta Vigo
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