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Barcelona vs Celta Vigo: Predictions
Having dropped points in the last two games Barcelona are all but out of the title race unless Atletico Madrid slip up this weekend. Simply put, if Atleti beat Osasuna it’s a mathematical impossibility for Barca to catch them, but any hiccups and La Liga’s curtain-closer next week will be a three-horse race.
Despite the permutations Ronald Koeman’s immediate focus will be on Catalonia and getting the job done against a Celta Vigo side who can be an exceptionally frustrating opponent on their day, with Eduardo Coudet’s side currently on a tear of four wins on the bounce.
The biggest disappointment for Koeman will be that 0-0 against Atleti earlier this month, in which a triumph would have really put the cat among the pigeons at the summit, while the 3-3 stalemate with Levante last time out felt like the final blow to Barca’s hopes of bringing home the title.
However, such has been the unpredictability of this season and the script-deviating exploits of La Liga that Barca will know nothing is a foregone conclusion just yet, and a win against Celta Vigo could yet prove vital ahead of next weekend’s concluding matchday.
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Barcelona vs Celta Vigo: Match Stats
Barcelona have naturally been devastating going forward this season, scoring a league-high 83 goals, which is 20 more than Atleti at the summit and even 19 more than second-placed Real Madrid, while against Celta Vigo, they have netted in both halves across their last three La Liga matches.
This is a contest where the outcome could be determined in the wide areas. Barca have registered the most corners of any side in La Liga this season (207), such is Koeman’s emphasis on stretching the play, utilising the flanks and swarming forward with overlapping wing-backs. If Celta are to give themselves a fighting chance in this match, then they must stifle Barca’s buccaneering full-backs and offer a presence on the touchlines.
Having drawn the past two games Koeman could do with another result like the reverse fixture just to pacify the recent frustration and give his side a modicum of hope heading into the final day, if Atleti do indeed slip up. That 3-0 win at the Estadio de Balaidos in autumn came despite Clement Lenglet seeing red in the first half, with strikes from Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and a Lucas Olaza own goal settling the tie.