Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: 17th April 2018, Tuesday.
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Estadio de Balaídos (Vigo).
Celta Vigo missed out on the chance to close the gap with Villarreal for Europa League spot after the 1-0 away loss to Leganes on the weekend. They are 8th in the standings and 5 points behind the top six. And I am afraid they are literally out of Europe since the likes of Girona and Sevilla are in a better position to dismantle Villarreal from the 6th spot.
The Celticos defeat at Leganes must not come as a surprise as they are one of the worst away teams in the league. But, what makes up for that is their emphatic record at the Balaidos. Last time, Sevilla fell here by a massive 4-0 margin and Celta took their unbeaten run at home to 7 games. The other positive is that they scored at least twice in 6 of them. Iago Aspas with 19 goals and Maxi Gomez with 13 are major contributors of Celta’s success this season.
Barcelona made amends for the Champions League exit with a 2-1 win against Valencia on the weekend. The winter acquisition Coutinho was the star of the show turned architect for both his team’s goal.
Sitting 11 points above Atletico Madrid, the Catalans may win the La Liga title with 3 wins from their remaining 6 games. This can even happen before the El Clasico on 6th May if Atleti drops points in their next two matches. Still, they need to get a win at Celta Vigo first.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
Barcelona are unbeaten in the last four competitive meetings with Celta Vigo with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Meantime, Celta won the last two La Liga home fixtures against Barcelona – 4-3 last season and 4-1 in the one before.
Celta took their unbeaten home streak against Barcelona to 3 games with a 1-1 draw when these teams met in Copa Del Rey in January.
Barcelona had scored at least once in their last 8 visits to the Balaídos.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Predictions
I presume Barcelona will not win this match considering their poor record at Balaídos in recent visits. This is the fortress of Celta where they are unbeaten in 7 games scoring at an average of 2.14 goals per game in that period.
Besides, Messi and Suarez seem to go through a burn out and is need a rest. The Blaugrana had done enough to secure the La Liga title. So, Ernesto Valverde is most likely to rest his key men considering the Copa Del Rey final with Sevilla is only four days away.
All these look good for Celta who are in the hunt for three points to stay in the race for Europa League spots. If you are in an adventurous mood while reading this, try with small stakes on a direct home win.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Celta or Draw Double Chance @ 2.19 odd with 1xBet.
Both teams to Score @ Over 2.5 goals @ 1.86.