WATCH LIVE HD STREAM; Barcelona vs Celta Vigo (Full-Time)
Obviously, Barcelona is a huge favourite to win this game.
However, they only beat Celta Vigo twice in their last five duels, so the guests did well to put up a fight in most matches. Still, this Barcelona is pretty dominant in La Liga and we can see them winning the game by two or more goals.
The Polish striker continued where he left of with Bayern Munich in the past seasons and he is currently leading the list of goalscorers in La Liga with nine goals in seven games.
Clearly, Lewandowski is seemingly a perfect fit for this Barcelona team and betting on him to score at any time against Celta Vigo, or any other team, is as close to a safe bet as you can find.After the first seven rounds of the new La Liga season, Barcelona is cruising and they are currently at the top of the standings with six wins and one draw, same as Real Madrid.
However, Barcelona has an impressive +18 goal difference, which puts them ahead of their fierce rivals at the moment. On the other hand, the team lost to Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in Champions League, along with a win over Plzen.
Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Hector Bellerin, Ronald Araujo, Memphis Depay and Jules Kounde are on the sidelines with injuries right now.
Barcelona Predicted Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Roberto, Pique, E. Garcia, Balde – Gavi, Busquets, Pedri – Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati
With three wins, one draw, and three losses, Celta Vigo has been pretty inconsistent so far in La Liga. That being said, this is a team that’s projected to finish in the middle of the standings and that’s exactly where they are right now, so it’s safe to say that the team has done well so far in the league.
On top of that, Celta Vigo is in great shape right now since they are free of any injuries, but Franco Cervi is out through suspension.
Celta Vigo Predicted Lineup:
Marchesin – Mallo, Aidoo, Nunez, Galan – Beltran – Rodriguez, Veiga, Solari – Larsen, AspasBarcelona Outs & Doubts: Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Memphis Depay, Franck Kessie, Héctor Bellerín (out)
Celta Vigo Outs & Doubts: None
Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 2022, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Jose Luis Munuera Montero
VAR: José Luis González GonzálezXavi Hernández disappointed once again in another big European test and the young coach must learn quickly from his mistakes, both with team selection and tactical approach in continental matches.
There are three games left in the group stage and Barça control their destiny, but Xavi must find a way to get his team to play as well in Europe as they do in Spain.
But it’s undeniable that Xavi has the right formula for La Liga games, which is why Barça finished last weekend top of the table for the first time in 28 months.
Real Madrid went back on top with a narrow win over Getafe on Saturday, but all Barça need is a 1-0 victory of their won to go back to first place and arrive at the Santiago Bernabéu next Sunday as the league leaders on goal difference.
It won’t be easy to get even a 1-0 win against Celta, though. The Sky Blues are having a solid season, and are coming off a big win at home over a great Real Betis side.
They did lose big on the road against Atlético Madrid and Valencia before the victory over Betis, however, which suggests they are still struggling to find a way to compete against the big teams away from home.
Xavi might be forced to rotate his squad and go with a few inexperienced players from Barça Atlètic to preserve bodies for the massive game against Inter next Wednesday, so Celta could be facing a weaker Barça side on Sunday.
Whatever the lineup is, though, Barça will be considered favorites and will want to get over the disaster in Milan and try to play as well as they can beyond just getting three points.
Celta are always a tough test, Barça haven’t played well since the international break, are missing big names through injury and could be looking ahead to the two giant clashes next week.
This has all the makings of a trap game, and we’ll see if Barça can show character and strength to put together a great performance and send the crowd home happy.
The performances since the international break combined with the injuries and how well Celta usually play against Barça have left me incredibly nervous for this one, but I think the team will play angry after the Inter loss and respond well to gain confidence for the huge week ahead of them: 3-0 to the good guys.