This next Saturday, an encounter that will be vital to La Liga’s survival struggle will take place between Celta Vigo and Sevilla, who are separated from each other by just 4 points. Both sides are coming off wins during the Copa del Rey midweek; Sevilla trounced Quintanar 3-0, while the hosts thrashed Turegano 4-0. With just 6 points collected from 11 La Liga games so far this season, Celta is currently ranked 18th in the standings, while Sevilla is in 14th place after ten games played.
Rafael Benitez’s hiring as head coach during the course of summer was a bold managerial move for Celta, however the 63-year-old’s stay hasn’t gone well so far. Celta did go through to the Copa del Rey 2nd round on Wednesday night after defeating Turegano 4-0; nevertheless, they have not won a league match since the beginning of September, when they defeated Almeria 3-2 on the road. Benitez’s club is currently winless in 5 of their past 7 league games, including their previous two matches versus Girona and Atletico Madrid. This campaign, Celta Vigo’s defense has been their major weakness. As a matter of fact, this season’s bottom two teams, Granada and Almeria, have given up more goals compared to the Sky Blues. In their previous 8 encounters with Sevilla, they have also failed to record a clean sheet. 7 of those games ended with goals for both sides.
The 2022–2023 La Liga season for Sevilla also did not proceed as planned. In the end, Diego Alonso’s team was able to both avoid demotion and capture the Europa League for a record 7th time in the club’s history. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to capitalize on the success of this season, despite expectations that they would. After three matches, Los Sevillanos are still without a victory in Europe and have only prevailed in two league matches all season. Even after adding seasoned defender Sergio Ramos to the team in the summer, Sevilla still struggles defensively. Just a single clean sheet has been achieved by Diego Alonso’s team in the past 8 matches in all competitions.
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Celta Vigo vs Sevilla Game Information
- Date: 11/04/2023
- Time: 01:30 PM ET
- Location: Balaidos Stadium, Vigo, Spain.
- How to Watch Celta Vigo vs Sevilla: Paramount+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv