Celta Vigo – Real Madrid preview: A tough test for Los Blancos

Celta Vigo – Real Madrid preview: A tough test for Los Blancos

Celta Vigo Real Madrid match preview

Real Madrid face one of the toughest games of the La Liga season as they pay a visit to Celta Vigo, a team that is impressing everyone in Spain this year.

Rafa Benitez’s solid defense will be seriously tested against one of the top scoring teams of the competition. Real have only conceded two goals so far this season, and Celta, who have netted 17 so far –only one less than Los Blancos– are threatening to end that good run.

The Los Merengues manager will miss Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic, Daniel Carvajal and Pepe. Karim Benzema is a doubt, as he has just returned to regular training after recovering from an injury.

On the other hand, Luka Modric will be available and he is expected to return to the starting eleven, featuring alongside Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Isco in midfield. The only doubt is whether Benitez will opt to line-up Benzema or one of the youngsters –either Jese Rodriguez or Lucas Vazquez.

Eduardo Berizzo has all his men available for the match. His attacking trio will be the major threat for Los Blancos. Nolito, Orellana and Iago Aspas are having a fantastic start to the season and they will look to take over the first position of La Liga by beating Los Blancos.

Both sides have 18 points, but Real Madrid seat first thanks to their better goal average.

Possible line-ups:

Celta Vigo: Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Sergi Gomez, Jonny; Augusto Fernandez, Pablo Hernandez, Wass; Orellana, Aspas, Nolito.

Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Jese Rodriguez, Ronaldo.