Barca thumped Gijon at the Nou Camp in midweek and with Real slipping up against Las Palmas, the Catalans are now a point clear at the top of La Liga, though Los Blancos do still have that game in hand. They’ll have to be careful here, however, as Celta have proven something of a bogey side for them in recent times, losing three of five meetings with them since 2014/15.
The win against Gijon was Barca’s fifth on the bounce and extends their unbeaten run to 18 games with Celta in fact the last side to beat them in a 4-3 thriller. However, they’ll expect revenge on their own turf where they’ve won and led at the break in their last five, scoring 20 goals in the process.
Celta have lost three of their last five on the road and have in fact lost all six of their visits to top-eight sides so far. They were thumped 5-0 at Villarreal but other than that they have proven competitive as none of their defeats were by more than one goal and they managed to net at both Madrid sides. They also managed to go in level at the break in four of these games, including at the Madrid teams and given their impressive recent record against Barca, we think they can frustrate them in the early stages. We’re backing Draw/Barca HT/FT and Barca to win and both teams to score.
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