Celta Vigo started from the bottom of the standings but steadily climbed to finish on 11th place, 8 points above the relegation zone and 13 below the European zone. The successful Eduardo Coudet remained on the bench for the 3rd season in a row. The roster has changed to a great extent, were 6 players (Mendez, Araujo, Yokuslu, Blanco, Carreira and Murillo) left the team. The newcomers include winger Perez (Roma), midfielders Swedberg (Hammarby), Rodriguez (Seville), Perez (Porto), forward Paciência (Eintracht Frankfurt), goalkeeper Marchesin (Porto), defender Mingueza (Barcelona), and De la Torre (Heracles) also came.
Since May, Espanyol had parted ways with Vicente Moreno, and new coach Diego Martinez remains on the bench. They believe in him a lot, based on what he had done during his time at Granada, in the period 2018-21. Several players like Diego Lopez (36/0 first goalkeeper), Morlanes (27/2), Herrera (23/1), Lei Wu (23/1), Moron (21/1), Melendo (21/0), David Lopez (18/0), and Vilhena (17/1) left the team, but the biggest problem for this match, is the long list of absence. Coach Martinez due to various reasons can’t count on Raul de Tomas (34/17 top scorer), Adri Embarba (32/0), Aleix Vidal (31/2), Adrià Pedrosa (31/1), Javi Puado (30/4), Dimata (17/0), new reinforcement Vargas (36/5 in Adana Demirspor), and Paul Lozano (31/1 in Girona).
Espanyol didn’t won in Vigo from 2007, and with this problems, Celta is favorite for the three points.