Here is the latest form and team news from Celta Vigo and Real Madrid:
Celta Vigo Form and Team News
Celta Vigo’s form is typical of a mid-table team, with 9 wins, 9 draws, and 11 draws in 29 games, scoring 33 goals and conceding 32 to rack up 36 points. They have been average for much of the season but surprisingly solid at home in recent weeks.
In a run of 5 home games in their last 10 league games, Celta have won 3 and drawn 2, scoring 9 goals in that period. The return of their fans to the renovated stadium is a boost, and they will hope to capitalize on it as they nurse faint hopes of an upset. Iago Aspas has not let up at all this season, with his 13 goals and 4 assists crucial for Celta Vigo in their quest to remain in La Liga.
For absences and suspensions, Celta Vigo have defender Hugo Mallo on the sidelines with a knee injury, and he is unlikely to feature this weekend.
Real Madrid Form and Team News
After their 4–0 thrashing against Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti’s men hope to return to winning ways, with their last league loss before El Clásico coming on the 2nd of January. The league leaders have been imperious both home and away this season, maintaining the best league form at home and on the road.
In 29 matches so far, Real Madrid have won 20, drawn 6, and lost 3, scoring a league-high 59 goals and conceding only 25. They have managed 66 points this season and owe much of that haul to the brilliance of Karim Benzema (22 goals, 11 assists) and Vini Jnr (14 goals, 6 assists), who have been unplayable in the league.
Karim Benzema missed El Clásico with a muscle injury and may likely sit this match out. Luka Jovic (ankle injury) and Ferland Mendy (Muscle Injury) are also unlikely to travel to Vigo for this encounter.