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.
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.
Junca (Injured), Iago Aspas (Injured), Mor (Injured)
Rakitic (Suspended), Busquets (Suspended), Rafinha (Injured)
Ruben Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Araujo, Olaza; Brais Mendez, Lobotka, Yokuslu, Boufal; Boudebouz; Maxi Gomez
Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Jordi Alba; Vidal, Carles Alena, Arthur; Malcom, Dembele, Boateng
Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Celta Vigo
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.