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Real Madrid will be desperate to beat Celta Vigo on Sunday in order to keep their La Liga title hopes aliveReuters

Real Madrid travel to the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos to take on Celta Vigo as they look to put pressure on Barcelona at the top of the La Liga.

After their 2-1 La Liga defeat to Barcelona on 22 March, Real Madrid have been playing excellently, recording five wins in their last six games in all competitions.

The Los Blancos are now set to face Juventus in the semi-final of the Champions League following their narrow 1-0 victory (aggregate) over their rivals Atletico Madrid in the previous round.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have been more impressive in the La Liga of late, recording consecutive victories in their last four fixtures against Granada, Rayo Valleceno, Eibar and Malaga.

Taking all this into account, Real are expected to easily beat the ninth-placed Celta Vigo on Sunday, but manager Ancelotti insists that his side will not taking Eduardo Berizzo's side for granted especially considering their form against bigger teams like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this season.

"We have to be ready for a very intense and dynamic match," the former Chelsea boss told Real's official website. "Celta are a good side, they've shown that against Atlético and Barcelona. We will need to be physically strong and impose our game plan."

Although Real were able to record a comfortable 3-0 win over Celta at the Bernebeu earlier this season, Ancelotti insists that this match will be very different due to the match being held at the the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos.

"This will be different to the first meeting we had with them this season. Celta have a different energy in their own ground, they play at a different tempo," added the Italian.

"They are a very good footballing side and are having a great season. They have a lot of quality up front: Orellana, Santi Mina, Nolito... They are a very dangerous team and beating them will require a great effort".

Nonetheless, the Italian insists that Real will be looking for nothing less than a win against Celta on Sunday. "Whatever happens today we need to win."

Meanwhile, Celta Vigo will also be looking to get a positive result on Sunday despite them being the clear underdogs against Real Madrid.

After a poor run of form in mid season that saw them pick up only two points from ten La Liga fixtures, Celta made a good comeback to pick up 11 points from their next five league games.

After another poor spell in March and early April that saw them lose three and win one game, Vigo have again been doing well, recording back-to-back games against Rayo Valleceno and Eibar in their last two fixtures.

And Celta defender Jonny says that his side are aiming to qualify for next season's Europa League.

"The dream of reaching Europe is still alive and hopefully we'll play well to please our fans,'' said the fullback, according to ESPN. "There are six games left and we'll compete to the death in every one of them.''

Although Jonny admits Real Madrid will be desperate to beat them on Sunday and keep their title hopes alive, he confident that Vigo have what it takes to "compete against the big sides."

"All their players are of a very high standard and they'll be giving their all because they are playing for the title, but we can compete against the big sides," he added. "This is a team that is growing and moving forward, and if we can get hold of the ball then we can hurt them.''

Expected Lineups:

Celta Vigo: Sergio; Mallo, Cabral, Fontas, Jonny; Augusto, Krohn-Dehli; Orellana, Mina, Nolito; Larrivey

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Kroos, James, Isco; Ronaldo, Hernandez

Where to watch live

The La Liga match is set to begin at 9 pm local time (12:30am IST, 8 pm BST, 3 pm EDT) with live coverage in India on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2. Viewers in India can also catch all the action via live streaming online on

Viewers in the UK can catch all the action on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD, while the option to live stream is on Sky Go. The game will be shown live in the US and Canada on Bein Sports USA and Bein Sports Canada respectively with the live streaming option on Bein Sports Connect.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can catch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or Bein Sports Connect, while the audience in Australia can enjoy the action live on Fox Sports 4 and Foxtel Play.

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