After its win in the Champions League, Barcelona will resume La Liga action against its bogey team, Celta Vigo, this Sunday, once again without star player Lionel Messi.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 2, 2016, at Estadio de Balaidos in Vigo. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- UK time: 7:45 p.m
- USA time: 2:45 p.m.
- Pacific time: 11:45 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 9:45 p.m.
- UAE time: 10:45 p.m.
- Indian time: 12:15 a.m.
- Malaysia time: 2:45 a.m.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Preview and Team News
The game will be yet another milestone for the Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, who is in line to make 600th appearance for the club. The World Cup winner is just behind Xavi in terms of appearances who has made 767 outings for the Camp Nou side.
Luis Enrique, when quizzed about his captain, had only nice things to say, reported by Sky Sports.
“I had the luck to play with him and now to coach him.”
“To evaluate these 599, possible 600 games tomorrow, is something that can only make everyone proud and not just for his performances.”
“We can only enjoy him. Not just for what he has achieved, but how he has achieved it. For the values he has shown and what he represents to world football.”
In other team news, Turkish playmaker Arda Turan starred for Barcelona against Borrussia Monchengladbach in the Champion Leauge, and he should start alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. once again in attack.
Javier Mascherano is likely to continue the defensive duty alongside Gerard Pique who has been rock solid for the Blaugrana this season.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Stats
- In the last 22 games involving Barcelona, there have been more than 2.5 goals scored in 18 of them.
- Barcelona has claimed victory in its last six away matches (La Liga).
- Barcelona has netted two or more goals goals in 12 of its last 14 away fixtures in La Liga.
- Celta Vigo has seen 3 or more goals in eight of their last 10 games against the Catalans in all competitions.
The match stats were provided by Whoscored.
Watch a video preview of the game here.
Celta Vigo Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Alvarez; Roncaglia, Gomez, Cabral, Mallo; Wass, Radoja; Bongonda, Hernandez, Sisto; Aspas.
Barcelona Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets; Neymar, Suarez Turan.
TV Channel & Schedule
In the States, the game will be live on beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., fuboTV, beIN SPORTS en Espanyol, and beIN SPORTS USA. In the U.K., the match will be live on Sky Sports 5/HD UK, Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, and NOW TV UK. You can also watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Head-to-Head (H2H)
The last time Barcelona travelled to Vigo was almost an year ago when Celta thrashed them 4-1, courtesy of the goals from Nolito, Iago Aspas and Guidetti. And the year before in November, 2014, Barcelona welcomed Celta at the Camp Nou, in which the Catalans lost the game 0-1.
The latest meeting between these teams, however, ended with a dominating win for Barcelona as Lionel Messi delivered a masterclass in the Camp Nou to rip Celta Vigo apart.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Prediction
Things will be different for Celta Vigo this time as the star man Nolito has left the club to grace the Etihad stadium in Manchester. And despite the absence of the world’s best player, Barcelona still has one of the most fearsome attack in the globe starring Neymar, who has been successfully deputizing Messi in his temporary absence.
Celta Vigo has performed better in last three games winning all of them and conceding just one. The game will be interesting to watch if Celta can halt the mighty Barcelona’s march.
Final Predicted Score: Celta Vigo 1-2 Barcelona
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Betting Tips and Odds
- Celta Vigo win: 7/1
- A draw: 7/2
- Barcelona win: 4/11
- Under 2.5 goals: 6/4
- Over 2.5 goals: 1/2
- Both teams to score: 4/6
- Both teams fail to score: 11/10
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Live Stream
The match can be watched live streaming online in the link here.
The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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