Elche, the worst defense in La Liga, hosts Celta Vigo, who is also struggling to pick up points and is fighting to avoid relegation. Take advantage of the best betting odds and La Liga props by using our sportsbook.
Elche: Worst Team in the Top 5 Leagues?
There are two teams in the top five European leagues with zero wins this season: Cremonese in the Italian Serie A and Elche in the Spanish La Liga. Both will definitely get relegated at the end of the season, but at least Cremonese has more points than Elche.
After finishing 13th last season, four points above the danger zone, Elche needs a miracle to avoid the drop. With just four points picked up in 15 games, Elche is sitting dead last, nine points behind the first salvation spot. Not just that, the team has the worst defensive side in the Spanish top-flight league with 33 goals allowed, averaging 2+ conceded goals per game. There’s no way we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
On top of that, they are missing many key players for this clash. Jony Alamo, John Chetauya, Alex Collado, and Josan are all injured, while Domingos Quina and Gonzalo Verdu got red-carded in the 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Dec. 29 and are banned for this match. Elche also got knocked out from the Spanish Cup, losing 1-0 to third-tier team Ceuta, bottom-placed in their division.
Elche’s home fans will get their first chance to welcome the club’s fifth manager of 2022-23 after Pablo Machin’s return to La Liga resulted in a defeat to Atletico. Machin praised the competitive nature of his team against one of the strongest sides Atletico can offer, despite their defensive unit folding shortly after captain Gonzalo Verdu was sent off.
Celta Vigo: Above the Red Zone
Celta is another team that experienced a high turnover of players, but things might need freshening up after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign. Much will, of course, depend on Iago Aspas again. This new-look Celta side will probably struggle all season long but should have enough to stay at least one more season in the top-flight league.
Last weekend, the Sky Blues pulled off the upset, keeping Sevilla to a 1-1 draw. However, they desperately need points, and this clash is the perfect opportunity for them to add three crucial points to their season tally.
They have not been victorious in Spain’s top flight since a 1-0 success over Real Betis at the start of October, but if you’re betting online, you should back them to win on Friday. Only Elche has lost more games than Celta this season. Celta is yet to benefit from a mid-season change of manager as far as LL is concerned, with new boss Carlos Carvalhal yet to transfer some early-round Copa Del Rey thrashings into a league victory.
Elche vs Celta Vigo Head-to-Head
Elche suffered exactly the same winless record as their visitors over the last eight rounds of league football with five defeats and three draws.
Celta Vigo’s equal-worst start to a league campaign this century, by points earned, has them starting this round one point above the red zone, but perhaps most worryingly, it’s also at least four points adrift of 15th place.
Elche’s three losses to bottom-half clubs after 15 rounds all came via a single goal. The two teams allowed 60 goals between them this season. Last season the two teams shared the spoils winning their home games.
Elche vs Celta Vigo Match Information
- Match : Elche (0-4-11) vs Celta Vigo (3-4-8)
- Location: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Elche
- Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Elche vs Celta Vigo Live Stream: fubo.tv
Elche vs Celta Vigo Betting Lines
Elche vs Celta Vigo Picks & Prediction
The host enters this clash as the favorite, priced at +105 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
This clash is a great opportunity for the two sides to earn points in their fight to avoid relegation, but Elche is missing too many important players, injured or banner, including their captain. On paper, Celta Vigo is the better side, but it hasn’t scored more than once in an away La Liga game this term. The last five meetings between the two teams at Elche have produced a maximum of two goals.
Elche vs Celta Vigo Match Detail