Return to this page a few days before the scheduled game when this expired prediction will be updated with our full preview and tips for the next match between these teams.
visit Estadio Abanca-Balaídos on Saturday for the La Liga tie with hosts Celta Vigo
. To see all of our predictions, user poll & stats for Celta Vigo v Barcelona, scroll down including the latest game odds.
Celta Vigo, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 0-1 La Liga triumph against Real Sociedad. In that game, Celta Vigo had 41% possession and 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Celta Vigo was Iago Aspas (45'). Real Sociedad had 13 shots on goal with 6 on target.
A recurring characteristic of recent Celta Vigo games is seeing a zero in the scoreline. Taking their prior sextet of clashes leading up to this one, in as many as 6 of them a wager on both teams scoring would've been a loser.
Barcelona will go into this match following a 1-0 La Liga win against Athletic Bilbao in their last match. In that match, Barcelona had 72% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Barcelona was Ivan Rakitić (71').
A run of hard-working performances by the Barcelona defensive players has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 2 from their past 6 clashes overall. In that period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 8.
Their previous form shows that Barcelona:
- haven't beaten Celta de Vigo in away games against them for the last 4 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 04/01/2018 tells us that Celta Vigo have won 1 of them and Barcelona 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 2.
A total of 20 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 6 of them for Os Celestes and 14 created by Barça. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The last league game featuring these sides was LaLiga match day 13 on 09/11/2019 which ended up with the score at Barcelona 4-1 Celta Vigo. That day, Barcelona had 60% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Lionel Messi (23', 45', 48') and Sergio Busquets (85'). For their opponents, Celta Vigo got 6 shots on goal with 5 on target. Lucas Olaza (42') was the scorer. The referee was Guillermo Cuadra Fernández.
Team News: Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo manager Óscar García will be happy not to have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go.
It’s our opinion that Os Celestes will possibly line up in a 4-3-3 system for this one, utilising Ruben Blanco, Lucas Olaza, Jeison Murillo, Joseph Aidoo, Kevin Vazquez, Okay Yokuslu, Rafinha, Filip Bradaric, Denis Suarez, Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas.
Team News: Barcelona
Barcelona boss Quique Setién has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Raúl de Tomás (Knee Injury) and Sébastien Corchia (Knee Injury) can’t be considered.
We’re of the thinking that Barça might begin the game with a 4-3-3 lineup using Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Nélson Cabral Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
When taking all factors into account, Celta Vigo would be disappointed if they were not to breach the defence of this Barcelona outfit, but a single goal likely won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede. We’re therefore expecting a close game with a 1-2 victory for Barcelona after 90 minutes. Let’s see what happens here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Abanca-Balaídos (29,000)
Captain: Hugo Mallo
Chairman: Carlos Mouriño
Manager: Óscar García
Competitions: LaLiga position 16
🔑 Star Player: Iago Aspas
Generally playing in the Right Wing position, Iago Aspas was born in Moaña, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Celta de Vigo in the 2008 - 2009 season, the talented Forward has managed 10 league goals in the LaLiga 2019 - 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 29 appearances.