Two teams at the wrong end of the La Liga table will lock horns on Monday evening, as 17th-placed Celta Vigo welcome 18th-placed Granada to Abanca-Balaidos.
Celta have only picked up four points from their first six league matches of the 2021-22 campaign, while Granada have collected just three points during a disappointing start.
Celta enjoyed an impressive 2020-21 La Liga season, picking up 53 points from their 38 matches to finish eighth in the table, just five points behind Villarreal in seventh, but it would be fair to say that it has been a disappointing start to the new campaign for the Sky Blues.
Eduardo Coudet’s side only picked up one point from their opening five league matches of the season, losing to Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid and Cadiz during a difficult start.
Celta managed to record their first three points of the season on Tuesday night, though, as second-half goals from Iago Aspas and Brais Mendez saw them record a 2-0 victory over Levante in Valencia.
A total of four points from six matches has left Coudet’s team in 17th position in the table, but they now have two winnable matches against Granada and Elche ahead of the international break.
Celta recorded a 3-1 win over Granada in the corresponding match between the two sides last season, but two of their last
Granada, meanwhile, are still waiting for their first league victory of the season, drawing three and losing three of their opening six matches, which has left them down in 18th position in the table.
Robert Moreno’s side picked up a welcome point away to Barcelona on September 20 but could not build on the positive result, as they lost 3-2 at home to Real Sociedad on Thursday night.
Granada levelled the scores in the 70th minute of the clash with Real Sociedad through Luis Milla, but Aritz Elustondo scored his second of the match eight minutes from time to secure all the points for the visitors.
The Red and Whites have finished seventh and ninth in their last two seasons at this level, and there is certainly enough talent in the squad to push higher up the division in the coming weeks.
Granada are winless in their last three league meetings with Celta, but their last victory in this fixture came in Vigo, having run out 2-0 winners in the away match during the 2019-20 campaign.
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Preview: Celta Vigo vs. Granada – prediction, team news, lineups
We say: Celta Vigo 2-1 Granada
Celta will have been boosted by their win over Levante last time out, and we are backing the home side to triumph once again here. It would not be a surprise to see a draw in Vigo, but Celta’s quality in the forward areas could see them shade a close contest.