After advancing to the Copa del Rey final, Barcelona will be back in La Liga action this Sunday, February 14th when they host Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou at 20:30, in the last game of Week 24.
Los Blaugranas tied 1-1 against Valencia in the second leg of the semifinals of the Cup, but they advance by an aggregate score of 8-1. They will be in the game title for the fourth straight year and looking to win it for the 28th time in their history, the most by any squad.
They are located in the first place in the standings with 54 points, three more than their closest rival (Atletico Madrid) and with one game in hand. They are the best team playing at home, and they are the only that remains undefeated with 11 wins and one draw, scoring 40 goals and allowing eight.
They come to this game with an impressive streak of 29 straight games with no defeat in all competitions, winning 23. Their most recent loss in the local tournament was versus Sevilla on the road by 2-1 four months ago. It has been one year since their last defeat at Camp Nou (Malaga 1-0).
The team led by Luis Enrique is favorite at online sportsbook Bodog to continue their great streak and with this match at home. They are listed with 1.11 Odds, while the Celts are with 34.0, and the draw is with 14.0.
Celta de Vigo have had a good season, and they are in the seventh spot in the table with 35 points, fighting for one of the spots for the European tournaments of next year. They have won five of the 11 matches they have played away from home, scoring 14 goals and accepting 16.
They have three games in a row with no win in the league after they drew 1-1against Sevilla at home. Their last victory was one month ago when they defeated Levante 4-3 in their pitch with two goals from John Guidetti.
In the Best Barcelona Odds v Celta de Vigo, the Catalans are listed with 1.17 to win this game by two or more goals and with 1.67 to do it by three or more. Eduardo Berizzo’s side is rated at 38.0 to get the three points by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 15.
Los Blaugranas will try to avenge their embarrassing defeat in the first meeting of the season against the Celts, where they lost 4-1 at Balaidos Stadium with two scores from Iago Aspas. The last time both teams played at Campo Nou, the victory was also for Celta de Vigo by 1-0 thanks to a goal from Joaquin Larrivey.
They are the second best offense in the league with 56 goals, but they have not been able to score more than one in the past three meetings versus the Celts. Barca have the lead in the series since 1993 with 17 wins and nine draws in 33 games played in the league.
After missing the game against Valencia due to an injury, Argentine striker Lionel Messi returned to training this Thursday and he is expected to be ready for this match. La “Pulga” and Uruguayan Luis Suarez are the favorite to score the first goal and are listed with 4.0 La Liga Betting Odds, while Brazilian Neymar is with 4.33.
Barcelona have struggled against Celta in recent meetings, but take them to win this game by two or more goals even if Messi is not playing. In 41 games played this season in all tournaments, they have only three with no goals scored.