La Liga – Matchday 37
Barcelona vs Celta Vigo – 16th May
Venue – Camp Nou
Almost the final run
Barcelona had a disappointing performance in the Champions League this season, but they managed to secure the Copa del Rey title. Blaugrana suffered a major blowback when they drew 3-3 against Levante, which quite possibly could end up being the major reason for them not winning the La Liga title this season.
Catalan giants have to give their all in bagging the points during their coming two games. Ronald Koeman’s men are currently in the third position with 76 points in the La Liga standings. The Catalan outfit has won 23, lost 6, and drew in 7 games out of the 36 matches they have played.
There’s still a slight possibility that Barcelona might win the La Liga title, but a lot would have to happen for that to be a reality. There’s also a possibility that they could finish in the fourth position this season.
Barcelona’s possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen, Dembele, Araujo, Lenglet, Messi, Dest, Busquets, Pedri, Alba, Pique, and Griezmann
Celta has been in an incredible form recently and has lost only six of their eighteen away La Liga matches this season. Eduardo Coudet’s side will give their best against Barca to extend their winning streak to 5 games.
Coudet’s men are currently in the 8th position with 50 points in the La Liga standings this season; having won 13, lost 12, and drew in 11 games out of the 36 matches they have played so far.
Celta Vigo’s possible starting lineup: Villar, Aspas, Mallo, Araujo, Martin, Mina, Beltran, Aidoo, Mendez, Suarez, and Nolito
Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto is ruled out of this fixture because of a thigh problem, and Coutinho and Ansu Fati will not be a part of the squad due to their knee injuries. Frenkie de Jong is suspended from being a part of this fixture because of the yellow card he picked up against Levante.
Celta Vigo has a long list of injuries with players like Alvarez, Tapia, Blanco, Murillo, and Mor sidelined because of their injuries. Jose Fontan is ruled out of this match as he is in isolation after contracting the coronavirus.
Head to Head
Barcelona has scored in 50 of their 51 last home matches against Celta Vigo in La Liga. The Catalan Giants have won 17 times out of the last 37 times they have faced them. Celta Vigo has won 9 games and drew in 11 games against Blaugrana.
The Catalan outfit is currently on a three-game unbeaten streak against Celta, and the last time these two teams faced each other, Barca claimed a comfortable 3-0 win.
Prediction and Betting Tips
Barcelona has by far been a much more dominant side than Celta, and we expect them to get back to winning ways this Sunday, but we predict a tough contest between the two with Barcelona having an edge with a 2-1 scoreline. The betting tips expect Messi to be on the scoresheet.
The odds favour Barcelona to win this game, as they are the favourite with their betting odds at 1.22 and the odds of this match ending in a draw between these two teams is 6.50 and Celta Vigo are the underdog with their pre-game betting odds at a reaching 9.75.