Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga 2016/17
Date: Sunday, 2nd October 2016,
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio de Balaidos (Vigo).
It took Celta Vigo until the fourth matchday to get their first point of the season. They lost to the newly promoted Leganes at home on the opening day and the next two against the big clubs from Madrid. They drew Osasuna to end their losing streak and since then won back-to-back games to put their season back on track. With 7 points from the six matches so far, Celta are 14th in the league table. And will be a confident bunch when they set themselves to host the defending Champions on Sunday evening.
Barcelona had a tough fixture against Atletico Madrid in their previous round which end all square at the Camp Nou. This is the second time they are dropping points at home this season. The first being a surprise 2-1 defeats from the newly promoted Alaves. However, Real Madrid’s recent slips helped in narrow the lead at the top of the table to a meagre 1 point.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Head-to-Head Stats
Celta Vigo is a side that had given Barcelona the run for their money in recent seasons. In the corresponding fixture of last season, Celta were winners by a 4-1 margin. But Barcelona had their revenge in the reverse fixture at home with a 6-1 win.
During 2014/15 season, Celta went to Camp Nou and earned a priceless 1-0 win, but lost at home by the same margin.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Prediction
No other team have troubled Barcelona like Celta did in the past two seasons. The hosts are coming into the match with an even head-to-head record and on a good run of form. While Barcelona are tad below their usual brilliance this season and are also weakened by the injury to star man Lionel Messi. They also struggled in the mid-week trip to face Gladbach before two second half goals rescued them with a 2-1 win.
This has the perfect making of a tough battle and Celta’s high pressing game could cause trouble to Barcelona’s start studded midfield. Both teams have some prolific finishers, while the defense are error prone. So expect both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in this match.
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 2.05 (21/10).