We all want to see our team pull away and win the title in a bit of a stroll, much like Liverpool are doing in the English Premier League this season. For soccer fans who are mostly impartial, though, there is nothing better than watching a title race go all the way down to the wire. When you get down to the final few weeks and you have a couple of teams going neck and neck as they pull away from the pack, it becomes like a game of chicken. Let’s take a look at one of the upcoming matches, along with their LaLiga odds.
Barcelona Vs Celta Game Preview
Who will be the first team to slip up and drop points, allowing their rival to pull ahead? That is the situation we are in at the moment, with Real Madrid and Barcelona duking it out for top spot. Since returning from the layoff, it is Madrid who have gained the upper hand and who now sit atop La Liga. The next round of games is almost upon us, though, and it looks as though Barcelona have a rather manageable trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday. You would expect Barcelona to easily take out a team fighting relegation, but this season may yet have a few tricks up its sleeves. Barcelona are favored by 1 on the road, with the goal total set at 2 ¾.
Why bet on Celta Vigo
Before we go ahead and totally write off Celta Vigo in this one, we should probably remember that they won 2-0 the last time that Barcelona came to town. In fact, they are unbeaten in their last 5 home games against Barcelona, so this is by no means a slam dunk for the defending champions. This team may be sitting down near the bottom of the league, but they are putting up a fight and are coming off a surprising 1-0 win on the road against Real Sociedad in their last game. That took them to 33 points on the season and pulled them 7 points clear of the relegation zone. Not safe yet, but they are getting there. At home this season, Celta Vigo are 5-5-5, scoring 16 and giving up 13.
Why bet on Barcelona
Barcelona have actually won 1 more game than Real Madrid this season, but it is their 5 losses and an inferior record in head to head games that has them sitting in second, tied on 68 points with the league leaders. Barcelona have been struggling to find the back of the net over the last couple of games, managing just a single goal in those two games. A 0-0 tie on the road against Sevilla was followed by a tight 1-0 win over Bilbao in their last game. That is unusual for a team that has managed 70 goals in league play this season. We talked about how tough it has been for Barca in their last 5 road games versus Celta Vigo, and the road has been an issue this season, with Barcelona going 6-4-5, scoring 22 and surrendering 19.
General Match Info FC Barcelona Vs Celta Vigo
- When: Saturday, June 27 at 11 AM EST
- Where: Estadio de Balaidos, Galicia
- Barcelona Vs Celta Live: beIN
- Money Lines: Celta Vigo wins +394 / FC Barcelona wins -159 / Draw 292
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The struggle has been real over the past few seasons on the road to Celta Vigo, and I think they may be in for another grind here. I do, though, think they will come away with the win.
Pick: Celta Vigo 1 Barcelona 2