Celta Vigo vs Barcelona: Match Preview

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Barcelona will play their first La Liga match since being crowned champions when they make the trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The Catalan giants wrapped up the top spot with plenty of time to spare last weekend to remain on course for a treble, whereas Celta still has a lot to play for as they are not assured of safety.

Ernesto Valverde is likely to make plenty of changes to his starting eleven following a 3-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League Quarter Finals.

Form

Celta Vigo – DDWLW

It’s a crucial game for Celta, who sit just two points above the relegation zone with three games to play. Ernesto Valverde could opt to rest several key Barca players ahead of the Catalans’ Champions League semi-final second leg game against Liverpool the following Tuesday. 

Barcelona – WWWWW

Indeed with the league won, Valverde may choose to field an even more youthful team than he did at Huesca and that should give hope to the hosts. With Iago Aspas in their ranks, Celta would be hoping for an upset against the mighty Catalan Giants.

Injury/Suspensions

Celta Vigo

Junca (Injured), Iago Aspas (Injured), Mor (Injured)

Barcelona

Rakitic (Suspended), Busquets (Suspended), Rafinha (Injured)

Probable Lineups

Celta Vigo

Formation:  4-4-1-1

Ruben Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Araujo, Olaza; Brais Mendez, Lobotka, Yokuslu, Boufal; Boudebouz; Maxi Gomez

Barcelona

Formation:  4-3-3:

Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Jordi Alba; Vidal, Carles Alena, Arthur; Malcom, Dembele, Boateng

Venue:

Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Celta Vigo

Possible Outcome

It all comes down to who Valverde chooses to rest ahead of Barcelona’s midweek trip to Anfield.  With the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez likely to sit this one out, Celta has a real chance of taking at least a point.

We expect Barca to test their bench strength and a possible draw away from home.

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