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Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
25 June 2020
Saturday 27 June
Estadio di Balaidos – La Liga
Barcelona look to maintain their position on top of the La Liga table, as they travel to a relegation-threatened Celta Vigo on Saturday. It’s a real dogfight between Barca and Real Madrid and any dropped points will be decisive.
Despite a closely contested first half, Barcelona came out on top when the sides last met thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick and a late goal from Sergio Busquets. However, last year’s edition of Saturday’s fixture ended in a surprise 2-0 win for Celta, with goals from Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas.
Jeison Murillo will hope to return to bolster Celta’s back-line, although Sergio Alvarez and David Junca will miss out. Emergency signing Nolito is expected to start after a phenomenal start at his new team, with Rafinha set to face his parent club.
Gerard Pique is a slight concern, after pulling up in the mid-week fixture, and may be rested in favour of Samuel Umtiti. Riqui Puig excelled after coming on against Bilbao and will hope for a start, whilst Antoine Griezmann may be dropped in favour of Martin Braithwaite.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Celta Vigo sit perilously close to the relegation zone, and will be fearing Barcelona’s visit this weekend. The hosts are 5.20 to win, the visitors 1.6 and a draw 4.15.
Óscar García Junyent’s side took their best result of the season last week against Deportivo, with a comprehensive 6-0 win. Sitting in 16th place, six points off bottom, the three points was huge for Celta, whilst the motivation boost will have been vital, with no wins since the resumption of La Liga.
However, the visit of Barcelona will likely be very different, even if the Blaugrana are looking far from their best. Despite winning their recent game against Athletic Bilbao, Quique Setien’s side looked short of ideas, resorting frequently to ‘just pass it to Messi’ who, for all his brilliance, required a spot of luck for the ball to fall at Ivan Rakitic’s feet.
With the famous Barcelona possession hardly contested in the two-thirds of the pitch, they failed to provide a vital cutting edge. Celta will certainly have watched this, and will attempt to replicate Bilbao’s defensive rigour. Eleven men behind the ball may not look pretty, but could easily have won the Basque club the game on another night.
Barcelona may go into the game as favourites, but it’s all to play for on Saturday.
Under 3.5 goals scored at 1.37
Barcelona are far from free-scoring at the moment, and would be content with the three-points.
Barcelona to win to nil at 2.25
It may be a risky bet given Celta’s recent results, but the home side may be too busy defending to offer much going forward.