Barcelona is currently in the second position of the table after Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Mallorca. They need to win this match to keep the title race alive. Though they were unbeaten in their last 5 games, Setien’s tactics have been under scrutiny. Barca has found it hard to break the opponent’s defense. They will look forward to pulling off a dominating performance against Celta. But, Barcelona’s away performance have not been satisfactory this season. The team has managed to win 6 out of the last 15 games. They would like to improve on it. But it will not be easy.
Though the home side is not living up to their expectations, games have always been tricky at their ground. They have lost only 5 of their 15 home games this season. They are also unbeaten in their last 3 games and won 2 of them. They have thrashed Alaves 6-0 and pulled off a 1-0 win against Sociedad which will give them confidence. They will hope to give a fight but Barca should be able to get three points
Our Celta Vigo vs Barcelona match preview contains predicted line-ups as well.
Barca will continue to miss Dembele and De Jong due to injury. Sergio Busquets will also remain sidelined due to a yellow card against Bilbao. Roberto is also a doubt and Semedo should start in his place. Rakitic and Puig can start in midfield along with Vidal. Ansu Fati can join in the attack along with Messi and Suarez.
For Celta, Okay Youkuslu return from his one-match suspension but David Junca and Sergio Alvarez remains sidelined for injury. Fran Beltran is also doubtful to start in midfield.
Expected Lineup (3-4-2-1): Blanco, Aidoo, Murillo, Araujo, Vasquez, Youkuslu, Badaric, Fontan, Rafinha, Nolito, Aspas.
Expected lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Puig, Vidal, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Fati.
Barcelona– W, W, W, D, W
Celta– D, D, L, D, W, W
Head to Head record
Barcelona– 9 wins
Celta– 4 wins
This match can be a tough one for Barcelona but they should able to win. Celta, on the other hand, will look to spoil the mood with at least 1 point. Barcelona needs all the 3 points to keep the pressure on the league leaders Real Madrid.
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