Mirandes comes from a very interesting match in a 3:3 game away to Cadiz last Wednesday night. They were set as quite an underdog, but the team appeared with a great fighting spirit and never gave up overall.
They were back in the scoreline towards the end of the first halftime but managed to reply within minutes out of a rare chance they had.
The team went down in the scoreline at the very start of the second, trying to get back into the match but conceding another in the 90th minute. However, the didn’t give up and managed to miraculously take a point with two very late goals – via Guridi in the fifth minute of added time and Onaindia two minutes later.
Overall, it was a point luckily taken, however, the team more than deserved it this time. The team is now undefeated in the last four rounds, being just three points behind the playoff positions.
The hosts have no fresh injury worry, with defender Franquesa (15/0) remaining doubtful.
Celta managed to make a pretty fine surprise in a 1:1 game on the road to Bilbao last Sunday afternoon. They took the lead first, in the 56th minute via Rafinha, despite the flow of the match.
It was actually Bilbao who was showing more, trying to attack but failing since they lost the momentum and the circumstances didn’t go into their favor. Still, the hosts leveled up from a penalty kick in the 76th minute converted by Garcia, trying for more but without succeeding.
No doubt that everyone in Celta will be happy with a point since the game could have ended way differently on some other day for them. Celta remains inside the relegation zone now, having just two points less than the safe zone placed Mallorca.
The visitors can’t count at left-back Junca (3/0) and right-back and team captain Mallo (16/0). Midfielder Lobotka (17/0) left the club going to Napoli.
Mirandes looks very effective and the defense is where their problems remain. Offensive potential is almost always seen in home matches and I expect more of the same from them again.
Celta is a favorite, but their reliability at the back and on the road is highly questionable. An open affair is quite likely considering it’s a Cup match where the guests do remain far stronger, but highly unreliable at the back.