Barcelona have suffered the odd slip-up against Celta Vigo in recent years and although both teams are under new management this term, there’s reason to think Celta will ask questions of this Barca defence. We ought to see a decent game and there is potential for goals at both ends.
In the shape of Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, Celta have one of the best strike pairings in La Liga. They also are a team that does look to get forward and they created many good opportunities in their most recent away match, which was also a tough one, against Sevilla.
They average an impressive 1.85 goals per game this term and an even better 2.17 away from home in La Liga. Celta have failed to score in just 1 of their 15 competitive games under Juan Carlos Unzué who joined from Barcelona in the summer and has done a reasonably good job in Galicia. Therefore we have more reason than normal to think Barca will concede here but they should have plenty of joy at the other end with Celta rarely convincing at the back.
Ernesto Valverde would have been relatively content with a point from their trip to the Mestalla last weekend, although it could have been more, given Leo Messi had a perfectly good goal not allowed even though it had clearly crossed the line. While still a little too reliant on the Argentine, who created their equaliser with a wonderful pass to Jordi Alba, the stats do make for very good reading as far as Barcelona are concerned.
They’ve still got the best goalscoring record in the division with 2.62 goals per game and 3.33 per home game this term. Given that, it’s pretty hard to see them not creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities in this game but Celta’s tendency to score at least once, suggests backing Both Teams to Score could be worth a punt here. There have been goals at both ends in a huge 83% of Celta away games in this season’s La Liga.
However over the course of 90 minutes, there should only be one winner. If they win this Barcelona will have won 19 consecutive home matches in La Liga, the equivalent of an entire season of home fixtures. They’ve also won 8 straight competitive home games this term and backing Barcelona to Win & Over 3.5 goals could also be worth a flutter, with their home league games averaging 3.67 goals per game.