Celta Vigo 1-2-0, Barcelona 1-0-0
10/1/20 3:30 pm
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Celta Vigo is welcoming Barcelona to Municipal de Balaidos in round 4 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Celta Vigo is in decent form, and they still haven’t lost a game in LaLiga this season. With 5 points, 3 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals, Celta is in 6th place in the standings. Iago Aspas is the only goalscorer for Celta so far this season with 3 goals, while Nolito added 1 assist. Alvarez, Blanco, and Junca are all injured, and they will not be in the lineup for this match. In their most recent match against Valladolid on the road, Celta has had 47% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 1 corner kick, 2 big chances created, and 71% of the correct passes. Celta got ahead in the 44th minute of the first half, but they conceded a penalty kick in the 66th minute, which Valladolid turned into a goal. The final score of this match was 1-1. After barely escaping the relegation zone last season, it must be refreshing for Celta to be on a nice roll like this, and I think they will have a better season than the last one. Celta is a great team that can play great soccer, but they are just not getting to that level, and I bet it’s frustrating.
Barcelona has played their first game of the season this past weekend, and I have to say, they looked really good. Barcelona was playing against Villarreal at home, and they were the better team with 56% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and high 89% of the correct passes. Villarreal is a fantastic team, but they didn’t stand a chance in this match. Barcelona has scored 3 goals in the first half, while Villarreal also scored an own goal. We haven’t seen any goals in the second half, and Barcelona has won this match 4-0. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t expect this kind of focus and composure from Barcelona after everything that has happened in the offseason, but Barcelona was up to the task. Fati has scored 2 goals for Barcelona in their first game, while Messi added 1 goal. Alba and Coutinho each added 1 assist. Ter Stegen and Braithwaite are injured, while Umtiti is still questionable for this game. There have been a few more rumors about transfers from and to Barcelona, but nothing has been confirmed yet. For the last few seasons, Barcelona has been overly focused on offense, while with the arrival of Ronald Koeman, they looked compact on the defensive end, and Messi is having a new role at the team, more central, and not as many plays are going through him, while will actually give the team, and Messi more freedom.
When playing at home, Celta has not lost to Barcelona in their last 6 games. Barcelona is on a 3-game winning streak, while Sevilla has won only 1 of their last 3 games in LaLiga. When these two teams meet, we usually see a lot of goals, and there is no reason to expect anything different here. I will stick with Barcelona on the road, plus the goals as well.