Football AnalysisLa Liga: FC Barcelona VS Celta Vigo – Match preview
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Barcelona have real momentum after ten wins in 12 league games, with late shows being a theme.

FC Barcelona

Jordi Alba struck deep in injury time (90 4′) as Barcelona defeated Real Betis 2-1 to confirm UEFA Champions League football for a 19th successive season, leaving manager Xavi to proclaim “it’s a weight off our shoulders”. There’s still a lot at stake though, and a return of at least five points from the remaining three games will be the next target to confirm second place – and the bounty of 3.4 million euros that comes with qualification to the Spanish Super Cup. Barca have real momentum after ten wins in 12 league games, with late shows being a theme. The hosts have scored 14 goals between 85’-FT in this league campaign, accounting directly for 17 points. Yet, with three of Barcelona’s last four La Liga home games ending 1-0, the Catalan fans may be kept waiting if this trend continues.

Celta Vigo

Albeit when Barcelona were under interim management, the tables were turned in the reverse fixture, as Celta Vigo came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with a 90 6′ goal. Coming off their biggest win of the league season (4-0), Celta will target consecutively away league H2H wins for the first time ever, after winning 2-1 in this fixture last season. Celta also seek back-to-back top-ten finishes, and their away form has been more of an asset lately, with four points from their last two road trips. Having also picked up points in their last seven away La Liga games when scoring first, any Celta success may be built on a shock opener.


Barca teen sensation Ansu Fati has a goal every 60.7 minutes this league campaign and scored a fifth-minute opener in the reverse fixture. By contrast, Iago Aspas loves popping up late, and has scored Celta’s last goal in eight of his last ten goalscoring La Liga games – including the reverse fixture. There have been at least two first-half goals in 11 of the last 14 H2Hs.