Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Barcelona will have to make do without Lionel Messi for a few more weeks yet, but that didn't slow them down in Germany. Celta are without last seasons star man but are just finding their form. Below are our match predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Venue: Estadio de Bailados
Kick off: Sunday 2nd October, 8pm
Barcelona weren't short of possession or chances as per usual on Wednesday, but they fell behind mid-way through the first half in Gladbach and failed to take their chances for large parts. Two goals in the space of four minutes mid-way through the second half secured them a 2-1 win, but Lionel Messi was missed.
Despite the goals that Luis Suarez adds to this team and what Neymar can provide, Wednesday'sChampions League fixture was
another reminder of who turns the wheels of the Barcelona bus. They did manage a 5-0 win away to Gijon last time out, but three of those goals came
late on after the red card.
Celta have picked up two draws followed by three straight wins in their last five games. They were beaten in their first three games of the season, although a 2-1 loss in Madrid was respectful. They did play just a few days ago in the Europa League, but I think they'll fancy their chances of keeping this close.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Celta are best odds 11/2 with Sky Bet to cause a minor shock here. The draw is available at 3/1 with Bet Victor whilst you can back a Barcelona win at 4/9 with Bet365. There's not much value there. Don't put this game past Celta.
Beating Gijon, Espanyol and Panathnaikos won't have turned any heads, but it's good to see Celta in good form. The absence of Nolito has been bridged by a team effort, with six different goal scorers and assist makers stepping up in Celta's three wins.
Barcelona really struggled to break down a side who had a game plan and defended superbly for 60 minutes in Germany. Celta will look to do the same to the visitors here, so I think this could be another one where Barcelona will need to remain patient. Their recent record against Celta hasn't been fantastic. They've been beaten 1-0 and also 4-1 here in the past four meetings between the sides.
Barcelona have failed to win seven of their last 11 trips here which is as good a record as anyone has against this team really. Of their four wins only one came by more than a single goal. Our free betting tip here is Celta Vigo +1.25AH at best odds 39/40 with Bet365.
Barcelona are still solid in defence and winning games, but they have allowed a goal per game average so far this season and they have kept just five clean sheets in 22 meetings with Celta, who very rarely fail to score here. Back a 2-2draw at odds of 15/1 with Sky Bet.
The most obvious goal scorer is Luis Suarez. I think Celta can get a result here, but obviously we expect the visitors to get amongst the goals. Back Luis Suarez to score at odds of 3/4 with Bet Stars.
Free Betting Tip
Celta Vigo +1.25AH - 19/20 with Bet365
Correct Score Prediction
2-1 - 15/1 with Sky Bet
Luis Suarez - 3/4 with Bet Stars