Barcelona and Celta de Vigo meet at Camp Nou, in a match for the 14th round of the First Division. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 04-03- 2017, for the First Division, Barcelona won by (5-0). L. Messi (24 ‘e 64’), Neymar (40 ‘), I. Rakitić (57’) and S. Umtiti (61 ‘) scored the goals of Barcelona.
The home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 35 points won, after 11 wins and 2 draws. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against CD Leganés, by (0-3). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Valencia, by (1-1). The team comes to this match after a home win against Real Murcia by (5-0).
For this competition, it records a sequence of 6 wins in the last home matches and did not lose any of the last 13 games. Their offense has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 58 of the last 63 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 10 of its last 13 matches for the First Division, of these 10 reached the break in advantage in 8 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘.
Barcelona returns to play at home for the Spanish league, after two consecutive exhibitions away from their fans, having the opportunity to hook their seventh consecutive victory at home and remain with a 100% advantage in their domains. In the last day, he had the dominance of the game, but he did not have much success when trying to drill the defensive block of Valencia, starting only a draw. The offensive performance in that confrontation contrasts sharply with what the team has been presenting since the start of the competition, since it has the best attack, with an average of 2.61 goals per game, this being only the game according to which the Catalans scored less than two goals. Playing at home, he is the only one who remains with a 100% advantage and in that condition he has the best attack, with an average of 3.33 goals per game. For this duel, 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 must be the formation used, with highlight for Busquets in the center of the field.
The away team is currently in the 9 th position of the league, with 17 points won, after 5 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Sevilla, by (2-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against CD Leganés, by (1-0). The team comes to this match after a home victory over Eibar by (1-0). For the league, Celta de Vigo won 6 points out of 18 possible points, after 2 wins and 4 losses in the last 6 matches as a visitor. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 10 of the last 13 games for the First Division, of these 10 reached the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 5. In the last 8 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (76′-90’).
The Celta de Vigo tries to repeat away his hobby the same good football that has been showing inside the house, where he won his last two games, while he comes from two consecutive defeats away from home. On the last day, he had a good performance and managed to cancel the attack of Leganés, having opened the scoring in the first half and maintained the advantage until the end. Based on the numbers of the competition, we can perceive that the offensive sector has been of fundamental importance for the team’s reasonably good campaign, since it is among the top five, standing out also for the good average possession of the ball that has been maintained. The coach must set the team to 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 and will probably keep Aspas as a reference in the attack.
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