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Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Max Parsons
Real Madrid need to bounce back from humiliation
Real Madrid need to bounce back from humiliation / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Real Madrid get back to action on Saturday evening as they travel to Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Los Blancos broke up for the international break having hit the lowest point of the season so far, bringing an end to five consecutive victories by falling to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carlo Ancelotti's men do, however, remain at the La Liga summit, and aim to extend their healthy nine-point lead as they face Celta this weekend. With just one league win in their previous six outings, the hosts sit mid-table, with increasingly little hope of pushing for European qualification.

Here's 90min's preview of this encounter.

How to watch Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid on TV

RC Celta de Vigo v Valencia CF - La Liga Santander
Celta Vigo's home / Octavio Passos/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 2 April, 17:30 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Estadio de Balaidas, Vigo
What TV channel is it on? LaLigaTV (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? La Liga Santander YouTube channel
Who's the referee? Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes

Celta Vigo team news

The hosts will be without Hugo Mallo after the defender sustained a knee problem, so Jeison Murillo may be pressed into a return at right-back for this weekend's clash.

However, Celta boss Eduardo Coudet will be able to welcome back both Javi Galan and Franco Cervi after the duo served suspensions before the international break.

Real Madrid team news

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema should be able to come back into the lineup / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Karim Benzema was absent for his side's disaster last time as well as being out of action for France during the break, although should be fit enough to make a return this weekend alongside compatriot Ferland Mendy.

Toni Kroos, however, represents a doubt due to illness, while Eden Hazard, Isco and Luka Jovic will all miss out through their respective injury problems.

Ancelotti himself will also likely be absent from the match, having recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid prediction

Having disastrously fallen to defeat last time out, this represents a crucial moment in Real Madrid's campaign. Heading into the final stretch for what increasingly looks like a title-winning season and just a few days before a mammoth first-leg Champions League showdown with Chelsea, a win here is pivotal.

Los Blancos have already proven their ability to bounce back from disappointing results this term and, even without the boss on the touchline, they'll head into this weekend as firm favourites for the win.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid