Safe to say, the first period of the season did not go to plan for Sevilla.
Los Nervionenses have finished fourth in each of the last three seasons, but currently reside in the relegation zone, having won just twice in La Liga to date.
Last time out, Sevilla were beaten 2-1 by Real Sociedad at home, extending their winless streak to five matches.
Sine then, Jorge Sampaoli’s side have enjoyed some much-needed Copa del Rey victories, ousting Velarde and then Juventud de Torremolinos.
Nevertheless, Sevilla’s primary focus remains on preserving their 22-year stay in La Liga, desperate for a victory on the road here.
Celta de Vigo kick off one point and one place above their hosts, precariously close to danger.
O Celtiña drew 0-0 with Ray Vallecano before the break, so have taken just two points from their last seven games.
Carlos Carvalhal, who took over on 2 November, is still seeking his first victory in La Liga, although his team have overcome Algar and Gernika in the Copa.
This truly is a massive match for both, so will there be a winner at Balaídos?