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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides likes the look of Celta and is backing them to overcome Espanyol at Balaidos tonight

The final day of last season was an experience that no Celta Vigo fan will ever forget as they stayed up at the expense of their fiercest rivals, Deportivo La Coruna.

In a strange quirk of fate, Celta begin this current campaign with a match against the side they beat on the final day of the previous one, namely Espanyol, and Coral price the home side at 6/5 (2.20) for the win.

Espanyol meanwhile can be backed at 9/4 (3.25) with the draw offered at 9/4 (3.25) as well.

There is hope however that this season will be different for Celta, with the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique seen as something of a coup for the Galician giants.

The former Barcelona B and Roma boss is expected to try and implement are more attractive style of play and while he has lost Celta's star man in Iago Aspas, who moved to joined Liverpool, the side have reinforced intelligently.

Brazilian Charles, who was the top scorer in the Segunda last season, should easily get into double figure with goals, while Thiago Alcantara's younger brother Rafinha has joined on loan from Barcelona.

It is worth noting that while Celta struggled badly last season, it was due mainly to their appaling away form, as at Balaidos they were tough to beat.

Indeed only five teams conceded fewer goals at home than the team from Vigo last season, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both failing to win there (Madrid's defeat came in the Copa del Rey).

Espanyol meanwhile have once again lost their best player in Joan Verdu, the heart and soul of their side last season, and while the arrival of dynamic winger Pizzi is exciting, the Catalans could struggle in the coming campaign.

Traditionally they are poor on the road with the previous campaign seeing them net just 18 goals in 19 away matches.

All this then means that the price of 6/5 (2.20) for a home win looks generous and is worth a small investment, while backing Celta in the half time/full time market at 5/2 (3.50) should be considered for a small value bet

BET
OF THE
DAY
BEST BET
VALUE BET
Celta Vigo to win at 6/5  (2.20) 0.5 pts with Coral
Celta Vigo Half time/Full time at 5/2 (3.50) 0.5 pts with Coral

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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