Take a look at the latest form and team news from Barcelona and Celta Vigo:
Barcelona Form and Team News
Barca have already sealed their place in next season’s edition of the Champions League with the win over Betis, which can be considered an achievement after their early-season calamitous form. Xavi’s early success restored the side, but another ill-timed slump at the business end of the season handed a harsh reality check to the Blaugrana.
In disappointing circumstances, Barcelona crashed out of the Europa League, a competition many analysts believed they would go on to win. Another loss followed, then a narrow win, and then a loss at home to Rayo Vallecano seemed to bear all the signs of their old problems returning. Two 2-1 victories since that defeat have restored some confidence in the squad, which they truly need.
Barcelona have a long list of injured absentees, with Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest, Nico, Pedri, and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen all sidelined with different injuries and match fitness issues.
Celta Vigo Form and Team News
Celta are up for a mid-table finish after managing 43 points in 35 games this season. They have lost the most games among teams aiming to finish in the top half of the table, with 14 losses, 11 wins, and ten draws. They also have conceded almost as many goals as they have scored, 38 and 41, respectively. They put four goals past Alaves last time for their second win in five matches.
With just three wins in their last ten matches, Celta Vigo are not exactly a threat to Barcelona, at least on paper. However, they will be inspired knowing that they have not lost to Barcelona in their last two meetings, and they won on their last trip to Camp Nou. Star striker Iago Aspas remains the major reason Celta have endured, with his haul of 17 goals and five assists the second-highest in the league. Only one player, Hugo Mallo, remains injured and will miss this fixture.