Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Predictions & Match Preview

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona predictions

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors play what should be their final game before Xavi Hernandez takes charge.

DateSaturday 6th November 2021
Kick-Off16:15 (local time)

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Preview

Celta Vigo stadium
Balaidos via juantiagues, CC BY-SA 2.0

Barcelona travel to Balaidos on Saturday in their final game prior to the international break. Sergi Barjuán is expected to remain in charge for this trip but we now have near confirmation that club legend Xavi Hernandez is going to be the new Barça coach with his reign set to begin next week.

Celta Vigo won’t have much interest in that but will be hungry for an upset with the Galician side currently languishing in 15th place in LaLiga. They are 9 points off the European places already and that will be a bitter disappointment for everyone connected with the club given optimism was high that they could kick on this season and challenge for Europa or Conference League qualification.

With the exception of a dominant Second Half showing at Getafe, they’ve struggled for goals of late. Celta have failed to net in 4 of their last 5 matches overall. Boss Chacho Coudet has resisted any radical changes until now but he did cause a bit of a stir on Monday night by leaving talisman Iago Aspas on the bench for the trip to Rayo Vallecano which ended in a 0-0 draw. Aspas should return here with fellow forward Santi Mina sidelined through injury.

Inevitably much of the attention will be on Barcelona though in the final game before the return of their iconic number 6. Xavi’s return should bring at least a temporary lift to spirits at the club but it’s not going to be an easy job that he has on his hands. Barcelona face a real battle just to make the top four and among the many tasks Xavi will have in the coming years will be deciding when to call time on the Barcelona careers of former teammates such as Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets which might be a tricky thing to handle.

Those are matters for another day and Barcelona do at least come into this game following a vital victory. Their 1-0 triumph over Dynamo Kiev in midweek in Ukraine came courtesy of Ansu Fati’s Second Half goal and put them back in a stronger position to make the UCL knockout stages. They’ve lost 3 of their last 5 league games though, all against Madrid clubs, and the way they’ve been playing, there’s no guarantee they will leave Vigo with anything either.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Celta Wins, 3 Barcelona Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Both meetings last season produced away wins.
  • Barcelona won 3-0 in Vigo last October.
  • However they’d not won on any of their previous 5 trips to Balaidos.

Team News

Brais Mendez is suspended for Celta Vigo while Santi Mina is carrying an injury.

Barcelona are expected to be missing Ousmane Dembélé, Gerard Pique, Pedri, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero. Sergi Roberto and Sergino Dest are doubts.

Possible Lineups

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Predictions

Score Prediction: Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona have some important players back which should help them but this is a ground where they have historically struggled. Were Celta Vigo on top of their game, you’d have really fancied the Galicians in this fixture but they are out of sorts too, and a draw might be the outcome here.

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About Mark Sochon 2074 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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