Atletico Madrid are settling quite nicely into their usual style of play a few days after winning against Real Madrid in La Liga. Considering Real are unable to win against Atletico ever since that Champions League final, it still leaves punters wondering where exactly did Atletico go wrong that they lost the grip on that match. In La Liga, Atletico will make the trip to Vigo to face a team that managed to frustrate them in recent history.
Celta are 10th in La Liga with 25 points and Nolito, Larrivey and Orellana are the attacking trio the hosts will look to when attempting to winning against Moya. Nemanja Radoja seems to have recovered from his groin injury, but he is due for another fitness test today to see whether he will be fit for Atletico. In the latest draw against Real Sociedad, Celta managed to level late in the game, which prompted Gustavo Cabral to state that if Celta manage to play with the same pressing and intensity they could win against the champions. Alex Lopez is aware his team has mixed results against teams from the first half of the table, yet he is confident they can score at least one goal.
Diego Godin was cleared to play against Celta after a broken nose in the match against Real Madrid and will have to play with a protective mask. The win against their city rivals put Atletico three points behind Barcelona and four behind Real Madrid, which is why the match is a must win for them and their title hopes. Diego Simeone is trying to shuffle things around and even plans on trying out an attacking line with Torres, Mandzukic and Griezmann to test if it will be viable for Champions League. With Koke out for at least three weeks, Saul Niguez returned to training and might feature form the start. Atletico find it easy to score, in the last 10 matches they won, the team scored at least two goals and now they will try to avoid another 2-2 result.
Ladbrokes has 1.90 odds for an Atletico win and 4.00 for Celta Vigo while both teams to score has 2.05 odds. Atletico for both halves has 3.10 odds, Celta 6.50 and look for the match to be decided in the midfield with Gabi and Khron-Dehli battling for supremacy. Larrivey and Nolito have 4.33 odds to score, Orellana 5.00, Mario Mandzukic has 2.37, Torres 2.70 and Atletico to lead after 75 minutes has 2.05 odds,. We’re going to bet 7 units on Griezmann to score with 2.50 odds from Ladbrokes.
Celta Vigo: Team’s Formation
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Griezmann to score anytime
Result: -7 units, bet lost
Borussia Dortmund are paving their way up the table and the good news just keeps coming. The week they are supposed to host Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park the news of Marco Reus extending his contract has brought “Loyalty über alles” talks with Hans-Joachim Watzke stating what character strength Reus showed by signing a contract with no release clause that is valid also for the second Bundesliga tier.
During the weekend, Borussia Dortmund won their first match in 2015 and even managed to keep a clean sheet. Aubameyang scored a brace to Marco Reus’ opening goal which took the pressure of being last in Bundesliga, at least for now. The hosts are currently on the 16th place with 19 points, just one short of finally being free of the danger zone. Seeing as Klopp changed the forward line against Freiburg, Dortmund managed to get 12 shots on target and three goals as opposed to 6 shots on target against Augsburg and no goals.
Mainz are currently on the 13th place in Bundesliga with 22 points, and Dortmund trail at three points behind their opponents. They opened 2015 with a 5-0 win over Paderborn, but lost the weekend match against Hertha Berlin after their main goalkeeper Loris Karius was sent off in the 32 minute. Mainz 05 are not doing well in away games where they are unable to win in eight matches which only adds power to the hosts winning a match in front of the Yellow Wall. Okazaki is their main goalscorer and it will be interesting to witness him in action against Mats Hummels.
The match back in September ended with a 2-0 Mainz 05 win that saw Immobile try and fail to score a penalty as Karius made a fantastic save and Ginter scored an own goal. Okazaki opened the score in his 100th Bundesliga appearance as Jürgen Klopp was powerless against his former team. This time around BVB look better at least on paper and should win and start climbing up the table.
Unibet offers 1.33 odds for a Borussia Dortmund win, 9.00 for Mainz and 4.90 for a draw. Over 2.5 goals has 1.58 odds, Dortmund with a -2 handicap has 2.85 odds, Mainz 05 with a +2 handicap 1.43; Okazaki has 4.90 odds to score anytime, Aubameyang, Immobile and Adrian Ramos all have 2.00 to score and we’re going to bet 7 units on Marco Reus to score and BVB to win with 2.30 odds from Unibet.
Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation
Mainz 05: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Marco Reus to score and BVB to win
Result: +14 units, bet won