After a tough match in the UEFA Champions League, FC Barcelona travel to Galicia for a challenging match against Celta Vigo. Celta had a midweek match on Thursday: a Europa League match against Panathinaikos they won 2-0. The match will kickoff Sunday night at 8.45pm CET at Celta Vigo’s stadium, Balaídos.
In the last five matches between the teams, Barça has managed to win three, while Celta Vigo has two wins. You might remember their last meeting at Camp Nou, a 6-1 win for Barça, for the famous Lionel Messi penalty-assist for Luis Suárez, which was actually meant for Neymar. Or you might remember one of the bigger Barça-blowouts in the last decade, with the blaugrana losing 4-1 in the last meeting at Balaídos.
Barcelona last match:
Starting XI: ter Stegen – Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba – Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic (Turan, 60′) – Paco (Rafinha, 54′), Suárez, Neymar
Result: 2-1 win, goals by Turan (65′) and Piqué (74′)
Barcelona last 5 matches: W-W-D-W-W
Celta Vigo last match:
Starting XI: Alvarez – Jonny, Fontas, Cabral, Mallo – Hernandez, Diaz, Rossi (Aspas, 79′) – Naranjo (Sisto, 60′), Guidetti, Sene (Wass, 71′)
Result: 2-0 win, goals by Guidetti (84′) and Wass (89′)
Celta Vigo last 5 matches: W-W-W-D-D
Barça is still missing Messi due to a hamstring injury, while Samuel Umtiti is still not cleared to play. Celta Vigo is missing Beauvue (achilles), Orellana (muscle), Néstor Diáz and Carles Planas to injuries. None of the teams are facing any suspensions.
Expect Celta to start with a different lineup than the last match, at least the three substitutes, Wass, Sisto and Aspas, as changes. Don’t be expecting many changes for Barcelona, as it’s never easy playing at Balaídos. Though Arda Turan or Rafinha could start instead of Paco Alcacer on the right side.
A tough 2-1 victory for Barcelona.