Normally our focus is on the English Premier League, but this week I felt a short flight across the channel into Spain (and La Liga) seemed reasonable. This week’s Darkhorse is Real Club Celta de Vigo (Celta Vigo), who started off +100,000 to win the league and are currently at 14/1 odds to finish top 4, are currently residing in 3rd place after dispatching Atlético Madrid 2-0 (yes – I’m aware that Atletico played a man down for 20’, but Celta Vigo were already up 2-0), who finished as runners up last year in the league. Yes, I know we’re only a few games in, but this series isn’t about projecting the winner, it’s about featuring a team that has the possibility of really mixing things up.
In the 2017-2018 season, Celta Vigo managed a 13th-place finish on 49 points (on tiebreakers being used for 11th-13th). They also finished with a -1 Goal Differential last season averaging basically a goal and a half scored and conceded each game. So far during this season they averaging almost 1.7 goals a game, and conceding .7 goals a game. If this continues they would project for a 65 goal season, while conceding only 27 goals on the season, which would place them in the top-5 for goals scored and 2nd for goals allowed behind only Atletico Madrid. So, long story short – they look like they are on track to do very well.
What’s caused the change?
This weeks Darkhorse Chronicles features an unusual name. This club is almost never a Darkhorse in anything, but that is where we are right now. Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in his blockbuster trade this summer, discussion has been rampant about their chances. Although they have fallen out of the top of La … Read moreDark Horse Chronicles – Real Madrid