Preview - Barcelona vs Celta Vigo 2 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 02, 2017, 12:17 PM

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Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Barcelona hold a four-point lead over Valencia at the top and are eight points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid. They will have an opportunity to balloon that lead when they entertain Celta Vigo.

Celta are no pushovers though, having beaten Barca at home in each of the last two seasons.

Celta have lost three and won two of their last five La Liga games and are currently ninth. They score plenty, with 24 in their goals for account, but the defence is patchy too with the Celta keeper having to pick up the ball from his own net 19 times.

Lionel Messi has helped himself to 16 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, and will be all fresh after he was rested in mid-week for the easy 5-0 win over Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey Round of 32 victory.

Midfielder Sergi Roberto has been named in the squad, while Andre Gomes returns for the first time since picking up an injury against Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Defender Sergi Gomez, who has missed Celta's last two games due to a leg injury, has been passed fit and takes his place. Jonathan Castro is ruled out through suspension.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo


Match Stats:

  • Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo
  • Shots: 13-8
  • Possession: 64%-36%
  • Corner kicks: 4-1

Barcelona remain unbeaten at the top of La Liga after being held to an entertaining draw by Celta Vigo.

Iago Aspas put Celta ahead after Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried Maxi Gomez's shot, but Barca levelled moments later as Lionel Messi converted Paulinho's pass for his 17th goal this season.

Luis Suarez had a goal harshly ruled out for offside and Messi hit a post.

Suarez put Barca ahead from Jordi Alba's cross after a Messi pass, but Gomez equalised from Aspas' cutback.

Barca defender Samuel Umtiti pulled up with a hamstring injury while chasing Aspas for that goal, and has been ruled out for eight weeks.

The Catalan side are five points above Valencia, who visit Getafe on Sunday.

Celta Vigo - who move up to eighth - were good value for their draw, with a positive attacking attitude. Aspas, in particular was excellent.

Barcelona did have chances to win an open game, and Messi, La Liga's top scorer with 13 goals in 14 games, headed wide from four yards out.

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