Real Madrid look to continue their unbeaten run with a win over Celta Vigo

Following a successful week in Europe, a win for Real Madrid over Celta Vigo is vital if they are to keep the pressure on their two biggest rivals in the La Liga title race.

Extending their unbeaten run to 11 games, an in-form Real Madrid team booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after an impressive victory over high-flying Serie A side, Atalanta.

Los Blancos were never really fazed by Gian Gasperino's side as they cruised to a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marco Asensio to seal a 4-1 aggregate win in the Spanish capital.

With a 14th Champions League title on their wishlist, Zinedine Zidane's side are also clinging onto hopes of another league title, but their pursuit of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid has failed to gain much momentum since the turn of the new year.

A late Karim Benzema winner over Huesca for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit saw them maintain their third place position, two points away from their El Clasico foes and six points behind their inner-city rivals and league leaders.

With that being said, an unexpected dip in form for Diego Simeone's side has seen them unceremoniously crash out to the Champions League following a 3-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of Chelsea and win just two of their last five La Liga games, opening up the opportunity for a late twist in what was an almost certain tale earlier this season.

If Zidane's side are to continue piling the pressure on their two domestic rivals, they must continue this aforementioned unbeaten streak of late, with an away trip to the Estadio de Balaidos for a clash with mid-table Celta Vigo awaiting them next.

Eduardo Coudet's side currently reside in 10th position, a much healthier place than their 17th-placed finish last season after they just narrowly avoided relegation by one point.

Having held the league leaders to a 2-2 draw earlier last month, Real mustn't underestimate the threat that Los Celestes may well pose to them.

Tip of the fixture

As consistent as ever, French talisman Karim Benzema has scored 21 goals and registered five assists this season for Real across 31 appearances in all competitions.

Paddy Power are offering odds of 4/1 for the striker to score first and Real Madrid to win.

Stat attack

Celta Vigo have failed to beat Los Blancos in their last nine times of asking, losing six times and drawing on three occasions, their last win against their opponents came in a 2-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final win at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2017.

In those nine games, Real have scored 27 goals - averaging three a game - keeping three clean sheets, with Celta Vigo managing a tally of 10, having kept zero clean sheets.

Los Blancos have won 56% of all previous meetings between the two teams having won 64 in 113, Celta Vigo on the other hand have only been victorious in 27% of games having won 31. The two teams have drawn on 18 occasions.

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On the overall goal scoring front, Madrid have also dominated in that aspect too, scoring 259 of the 406 scored, leaving them with a total of 63%.

Real's longest winless run of recent years against Los Celestes came between 1998 and 2000, when they lost four consecutive La Liga games in a row.

The Last time Los Blancos whilst visiting Celta Vigo was 2014, nearly seven years ago.

Memorable matches

Real Madrid 6-0 Celta Vigo

La Liga

May 12, 2018

With the league title long gone, a Gareth Bale brace inspired a 6-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo as the Real winger and his fellow players looked ahead to a highly-anticipated Champions League final against Liverpool.

The wondrous Welshman had completed his brace within half an hour, scoring the first two goals of the game - after converting an exquisite pass from Luka Modric, he followed it up with a superb goal, nutmegging Castro to finish in style.

Having provided for Bale's second, Isco was rewarded with a superb goal of his own as Los Blancos closed out the first half three goals to the good, as they emulated this tally in the second period.

It took just seven minutes before Madrid were in the goals again after the break, Achraf Hakimi added a fourth on the 52nd minute before a Gomes own goal and late Toni Kroos finish wrapped up a brilliant performance for Zidane's men.

The win kick-started a great period of momentum that saw Madrid go on to win the Champions League, with a 3-1 victory.

Real Madrid 7-1 Celta Vigo

La Liga

March 5, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally scored four goals in 26 minutes as a rampant Real display saw them ship seven goals past Celta Vigo in a near-perfect display at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The hosts only managed one goal in the first half through a rare goal from Pepe, who headed home before the floodgates gloriously opened in the second, as Celta Vigo conceded six.

Five minutes into the second half and CR7 opened his account, in style - firing a swerving right-footed shot past a helpless Blanco Veiga before leaving him stunned again eight minutes later with a thunderous free-kick.

Iago Aspas pulled one back for Celta Vigo with a clever lob but Ronaldo immediately responded by tapping in a low-driven Isco cross to complete his hat-trick, making it four with a superb header from a corner.

Rodriguez and Bale also scored late on to complete the 7-1 rout, but the back pages the next day were dominated by one man and one man only, no prizes for guessing who!

Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid

La Liga

November 11, 2018

Real came from behind to beat Los Celeste at the Estadio de Balaidos thanks to a brace from Javier Hernandez, to keep the pressure on Barcelona as the La Liga title race rolled on.

Celta Vigo took the lead through Nolito, but their celebrations were very short lived as Toni Kroos equalised seven minutes later with a thumping effort from the edge of the box, before another goal in quick succession saw the visitors take the lead through Javier Hernandez.

Mina Lorenza drew the hosts level once more but Madrid took the lead for the second and final time, Rodriguez's deflected strike outfoxed the 'keeper and re-extended Los Blancos' advantage.

Rounding off his brace, Javier Hernandez made it 4-2 and put the game beyond Celta Vigo as he neared the end of his loan spell from Manchester United.

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