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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Preview, team news, predicted XI and more | La Liga 2020-21

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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Time – India: 1:00 AM (Friday); UK: 8:30 PM (Thursday) 
Venue: Abanca Balaidos
Referee: Carlos del Cerro

Following an extended cooldown window, 26-time La Liga champions, Barcelona, returned to the Spanish top-flight on Sunday night. The Camp Nou outfit looked right at home in the first match of the campaign and put on a splendid show for every Barcelona supported watching safely from home. 

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Ansu Fati, who scored a first-half brace and won a penalty against a hapless Villarreal side, comfortably outshone all his teammates — including Lionel Messi — to bring the Man of the Match trophy home.

On Thursday, the Blaugrana will be hitting the road for the first time this season to take on a particularly gritty opponent at a rather uncomfortable stadium.

Read on to know all about Barcelona’s first real test of the season. 

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Head-to-head

Total matches: 36

Celta Vigo wins: 9

Barcelona wins: 16

Draws: 11

The scoreboard operators are usually kept busy when these to teams cross paths. Both teams love to exploit the space. And surprisingly, both of them offer plenty to each other. 

Historically, Barcelona have the advantage, of course, but Celta always manage to make things more complicated at Balaidos. Barcelona couldn’t beat Celta Vigo at the Balaidos in their last three attempts, settling for two draws and a defeat.

Unsurprisingly, Celta’s last win over Barcelona also came at the Balaidos — a 2-0 defeat in May 2019.  

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Recent form

Barcelona, of course, opened the season with an emphatic 4-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday, which makes them an outright favourites against Celta Vigo.

The hosts, on the other hand, registered two draws on either side of a 2-1 win over Valencia.  

Celta Vigo: D-W-D-D-L (Most recent first)

Barcelona: W-L-W-W-L (Most recent first)

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Team news

Celta Vigo

Against an opponent as might as Barcelona, Celta Vigo will have to line up without the likes of Ruben Blanco, David Junca, and Sergio Alvarez. All three have been ruled out with injuries.

Other than the three main absentees, Celta Vigo would be able to depend on the rest of the squad to pull off something spectacular. Don’t be surprised to see a tactical shift against Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona. 

Absentees: Ruben Blanco, David Junca, and Sergio Alvarez

Doubtful: N/A


Buoyed by Sunday’s big win, Barcelona are determined to blow Thursday’s opponents out of the water, and they’re likely to rely on the same players to grind out a favourable result.

First choice goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, is out of the squad following his knee operation while Martin Braithwaite is also set to miss out with a thigh problem. Samuel Umtiti is also tending his knee injury and likely to sit this one out.  

Absentees: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite

Doubtful: N/A

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Probable XI

Celta Vigo: Villar; Murillo, Aidoo, Araujo; Vazquez, Yokuslu, Tapia, Olaza; Mendez; Aspas, Mina

Barcelona: Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Coutinho; Fati, Griezmann, Messi; 

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Where to watch

India: No Telecast 

UK: La Liga TV (Premier Sports)

Stream in India: Facebook Watch on Facebook

Stream in the UK: Premier Sports Player

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Prediction

Celta Vigo and Barcelona are two of the most competitive teams in La Liga. Judging solely based on the squads, the visitors undoubtedly have an unfair advantage.

They have the best player in the league in Lionel Messi and a system that has proven to be quite encouraging in the first match of the season. 

The hosts, on the other hand, have the comfort of Balaidos but won’t have their passionate fanbase to fall back upon. They can still put Barcelona under a lot of pressure if they play their cards right, but we don’t see the Blaugrana losing this one; especially after opening the campaign in such convincing fashion.

It could be a little tricky at times, but we expect Barcelona to bring three points back to Camp Nou this Thursday. 

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona predicted scoreline: 1-2

Also Read: Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid: Preview, team news, predicted XI and more | La Liga 2020-21

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