Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Match Preview, Lineups and Prediction

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Match Preview, Lineups and Prediction

April 16, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Ernesto Valverde will make several rotations as his Barcelona side travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo on Tuesday evening.

Celta missed the chance to close the gap on Villarreal for the final Europa League spot after their 1-0 away defeat to Leganes on the weekend, whilst Barcelona proved too strong for Valencia at the Camp Nou with goals from Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti.

Barca can wrap up the title before May’s El Clasico if Atletico Madrid drop points in their next two games, meaning a win over Celta Vigo will be at the forefront of their minds.

Team News:

For the home side, captain Hugo Mallo and the influential Pablo Hernandez are out due to suspension. Nemanja Radoja will partner Stanislav Lobotka in the centre of midfield, whilst Facundo Roncaglia will slot in at right back.

Barca have chose to rest Ivan Rakitic as the Croatian midfielder is suffering from a broken finger. Paulinho should replace him, whilst Nelson Semedo and Thomas Vermaelen are expected to get a start.

Expected XI’s:

Celta Vigo: Alvarez; Jonny, Sergi Gomez, Cabral, Ronacaglia; Sisto, Lobotka, Radoja, Wass; Aspas, Maxi Gomez.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alba, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Semedo; Coutinho, Paulinho, Busquets, Dembele; Suarez, Messi.

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Prediction:

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 39 league games, which is the longest record in La Liga history, whilst Celta have lost just one of their least four league games.

Juan Carlos Unzue’s men are now in the mix for a Europa League place, with the hosts unbeaten in their last seven home games at Balaidos.

But, Barca should be strong for the home side with the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. 0-2