After rivals Los Blancos took an early lead in the La Liga standings, Barcelona will be looking to extend their lead as they head to the Estadio de Balaidos Stadium this weekend. The match schedules for Saturday with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
A 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao was enough to cede off the threat posed by the Los Blancos on the La Liga standings. The side currently sits at the top of the La Liga with 68 points, and three points clear off the Los Blancos.
The heated competition for the La Liga title intensified with each match as the Los Blancos have a game in hand. Barcelona reduced their lead on the table after a 0-0 draw to side Sevilla. However, all can is salvageable against side Celta Vigo this weekend.
Celta Vigo is facing relegation woes, currently 17th on the table with 30 points. The side is four points clear of the relegation zone. A 6-0 thrashing to side Deportivo Alaves was enough to build the momentum for the team as they head into the weekend. A brace by Alcantara helped the side climb the mid-table standings.
Will Oscar Junyet has enough in his camp to withstand the attacking threat posed by the Catalans?
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Head to Head
Both sides have 20 games between them with the Catalans taking home 20 wins while Celta Vigo with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Barcelona 4-1 Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo 2-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-0 Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo
Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo
Celta Vigo 4-3 Barcelona
Barcelona 6-1 Celta Vigo
Celta de Vigo Team News
The side recently experienced injury woes at the camp with the shoulder injury by left-back David Junca. Right-back Hugo Mallo is also out with a foot injury. Goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez is recuperating from the torn meniscus.
Barcelona Team News
Veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets will miss the trip after being booked against the Athletic Bilbao match. With Sergio Busquets serving a one-match ban, Coach Setien is running low on midfield options. Frank de Jong is recovering from an injury and sets to miss out on the match. Available options ahead of the match are Arturo Vidal and Rakitic. Youngster Riqui Puig has been impressive but is yet to get the first-team call-up.
Prediction and Odds
The Catalans are on a high course to seek a victory to escape the tight leash on the La Liga title against rivals Los Blancos.
Both Teams to Score
Barcelona First Team to Score