Competition: La Liga 2019/20
Matchday: Matchday 32
Date and Time: Saturday, 27 June 2020, 5 pm CET
Venue: Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez
After a decent 1-0 win for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao over the week, the La Liga swiftly returns to a somewhat tricky trip on the road to Celta Vigo. Currently, Barcelona is in second place of the La Liga but tied on points, losing out due to the 2-0 loss at the Bernabeu. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo comes off a 1-0 win against Real Sociedad after a spot-kick from Iago Aspas just before half-time.
Last game saw Barcelona narrowly beat Bilbao from a goal from the midfielder Ivan Rakitic and put Barcelona temporarily on top of the table. The game against Celta follows a more difficult challenge- Atletico Madrid. The team’s playstyle has been very inconsistent and should the players play well, they should easily win the game.
For our opponents, some of our ex-players like Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Murillo have become undisputed starters for their sides. Alongside players like Iago Aspas, they can cause all types of danger. But if we make the right substitutions and set out the game plan to dominate, we should win.
Let’s do this
- Celta Vigo has won 3 of their last 4 La Liga home matches against Barça (W3 D1).
- Barça’s 4-game winless run at Balaidos is their longest ongoing streak without victory at any ground in La Liga. If they fail to win on Saturday, it will be Celta Vigo’s joint-longest unbeaten home record against the Catalan side.
- Having won the reverse fixture 4-1, Barcelona could complete the league double over Celta Vigo for the first time since 2013/14, under Gerardo Martino.
- Barcelona has kept a clean sheet in their last 2 La Liga away games – against Mallorca and Sevilla. The last time they kept 3 consecutive clean sheets came between April and August 2016, under Luis Enrique.
Barcelona: 2nd place; 68 points
Celta Vigo: 16th place; 33 points
This is the squad that travels to Vigo as chosen by the manager
The youth players chosen are Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Alex Collado, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo, Dani Morer, Monchu and Jorge Cuenca.
Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie De Jong and Sergi Roberto are out due to a hamstring injury, a calf injury and fractured ribs respectively. Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets is out for this game after picking up a yellow card against Bilbao and tallying up to five yellow cards.
Defensively, this team has been solid but will see some rotations to keep fresh for the tough outing against Atletico Madrid. Ter Stegen should start in goal, with Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo playing as the full-backs. The central defence is a doubt. Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have been great at the back this season, but might be rested for next game. Samuel Umtiti might be alongside Lenglet and complete the defence.
The confusion for Setien arises in the midfield. As Busquets and De Jong are out, we could see Riqui Puig start this game. Rakitic, who was brilliant against Bilbao should get a nod, and the midfield should be complete with Arturo Vidal, who must be careful to not get a yellow card as he will be ruled out for the next game.
In attack, Lionel Messi should start as he chases his 700th career goal in all club and international competitions. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann who have been poor since the restart of the season could return to the bench. This allows Fati and Braithwaite to start the game and complete the attack.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Barcelona 2 Celta Vigo 0
Barcelona has a solid defence so far and while this fixture might be tricky, the team should be up to it. Considering that every game is important to the final title race, the team should give it all.
Visca El Barca!