In Saturday’s evening game in La Liga, Celta Vigo will look to boost their chances of beating the drop to the Segunda as they welcome unconvincing reigning Spanish champions Barcelona to the Estadio Balaidos.A poor run has Celta in a perilous position
A record of one win in their last five games in La Liga has Celta Vigo in the potentially perilous position of 17th place in the Spanish top-flight table, just three points clear of the relegation zone.
A 3-2 defeat at Getafe last time out in La Liga also means that they have lost four of their previous five games in all competitions.
Celta’s recent La Liga record at the Balaidos is a worrying one, as they have won just two of their last 12 home games in the Spanish top-flight, having also suffered back-to-back losses to Real Sociedad and Girona.Barcelona frustrated at home once again against Granada
The reigning Spanish champions suffered yet another disappointing home result last time out, as they could only muster a 3-3 draw against relegation-threatened Granada.
Although the game made Barcelona three games unbeaten in La Liga, the result against a team fighting for their top-flight status is slightly concerning.
Despite the draw, Barcelona is still in third place in the Spanish top flight, five points adrift of second-place Girona and three points ahead of fourth-place Atletico Madrid.
Xavi’s team has travelled well of late in La Liga, as not only are the Blaugrana unbeaten in 11 games on their travels, but they have also recorded three straight away wins in the Spanish top-flight.
The Catalan giants have certainly had an eye for goal of late on their travels, scoring at least two goals in all three of their three consecutive Liga wins on the road.What am I backing?
Barcelona have performed far better on their travels than in their recent home games. I expect that trend to continue in this game, so the bet I am backing is the away win.