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Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid, 2017 La Liga: Match Preview

The rescheduled match is set to kick off Wednesday night.

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Celta Vigo v Real Madrid - Copa Del Rey Quarter-final: Second Leg Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

For now, we can all forget about the Champions League. It is time for La Liga. With only two matches remaining in Spain’s Premier Division, both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are fighting until the very end in hopes to lift the infamous La Liga trophy.

Both the Catalan and Madrid side sit atop of the table with 87 points each, but it's Real Madrid who has a game in hand over Barcelona. Obviously, if Madrid wins both of their matches, or win and draw their next two, they will be crowned champions. Nevertheless, in order to raise the trophy, Zinedine Zidane’s side must first take on Celta Vigo.

This midweek match is a result of the originally scheduled fixture between the two sides being postponed in early February. At the time, heavy rainstorms resulted in Vigo’s city council declaring that Celta Vigo’s stadium, Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, was unsafe. This decision resulted in an uproar because Madrid sought to play through the weather. Due to their clustered schedule at the time, Madrid wanted to play the match then-and-there instead of further down the road when they would be challenging for bigger and better things, for example, a Champions League and La Liga crown. Now, instead of having a whole week to prepare for their final La Liga match of the season, Madrid will only have three days of rest. Nevertheless, Madrid and Celta Vigo are here now and have to play Wednesday night.

Real Madrid will enter the match having won their previous match against Sevilla, 4-1. Goals came from Nacho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Toni Kroos as Los Blancos defeated the league’s fourth-placed team. On the other hand, Celta Vigo is coming off of a rough week. After being knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United, Vigo lost to Alaves, 3-1. Celta Vigo’s struggles don’t start there. The Spanish side has yet to win a game since April 16, where they won against Granada.

With Madrid flying and Celta Vigo sinking, there is no doubt Real can grab all three points during the week. As per usual, Zidane’s side will be without Pepe while Nacho will sit out due to yellow card accumulation.

Projected starting XI:

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema

Celta Vigo: Alvarez; Mallo, Roncaglia, Cabral, Jonny; Sisto, Wass, Radoja, Hernandez; Aspas, Guidetti

How to watch Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid

Day: Wednesday, May 16th 2017.

Kick-off time: 21:00 CET, 03:00 pm EST.

Venue: Balaidos, Celta, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Movistar Partidazo (Spain).

Available streaming: BeIN Sports Connect (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a huge offer for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

Prediction: Celta Vigo 0-2 Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo x2)

Staff Predictions

Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Om RM Win 2-1 CR7, Ramos; Higuaín 42
Kiyan RM Win 3-1 Benz, CR7, Asensio; Pjanic 45
Timm RM Win 2-1 (RM win extra time) CR7, Ramos; Dybala 41
Mike - - - 34
Lucas RM Loss 1-2 CR7; Higuaín, Dybala 26
Nate RM Win 4-2 -CR7x2, Bale, Morata; Higuain, Dybala 47
Marc - - - 3
Lewis - - - 10
Tommy RM Loss 1-2 Benz; Higuaín, Mandzukic 19
Naguib RM Win 2-0 CR7, Bale 29
Vicki - - - 1
Ondra RM Win 2-0 CR7, Ramos 18
Jack RM Win 2-2 (RM win on pk's 4-3) CR7, Ramos; Dybala x2 6
Matt RM Win 1-0 CR7 8
Sam RM Win 2-1 - 1
José RM Win 3-1 CR7 x2, Morata; Mandzukic 3

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