The Galicians must win or draw against the Barcelona-based visitors and hope that their arch-rivals Deportivo La Coruna lose to avoid relegation into the Segunda Division
Yet if Depor drop points against a Champions League-chasing Real side, a victory for Celta would not only save them, but relegate their eternal enemies.
There are sure to be few fingernails left come full time in Galicia, the region where these to strugglers hail from, yet Celta know all they can do is win and then sit and wait.
Given what is at stake then and the fact that Espanyol have absolutely nothing to play for it is unsurprising to see a home win at 4/9 (1.44) with bet365, while a win for the visitors is offered at 11/2 (6.50).
Espanyol though have been on their summer holidays for a few weeks knows, and punters should fully expect Celta to claim a win, with their record at Balaidos actually not that bad.
Rather than backing them outright to win, investing in Celta to win the first half at 10/11 (1.91) looks a decent shout against an underwhelming Espanyol side who have scored just one goal in their last five matches.
For a value bet, back an early goal before 10 minutes at 10/3 (4.33).
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|Back Celta to win the first half at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365
||Back a goal in the opening 10 minutes at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid