Barcelona – Celta Vigo TIPS from insiders (11.01.2018)

Barcelona and Celta de Vigo measured their strength at Camp Nou, in a return match of this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals), after a draw by (1-1) in the first leg. The history of direct confrontations disputed in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 3, tied 1 and lost 1. But the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 02- 12-2017, for the First Division, the two teams tied by (2-2). L. Messi (22 ‘) and L. Suárez (62’) scored the goals of the game, for Barcelona, ​​and Iago Aspas (20 ‘) and M. Gómez (70’), for Celta de Vigo.


The home team comes to this match back in advantage, after a draw as a visitor by (1-1), so a draw is enough for less than 1 goal to confirm the qualification to the next phase. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they beat Levante at home by (3-0). In the last 10 home matches Barcelona has 9 wins and 1 draw. The defense has been strong and has suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 56 of the last 61 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 50 of the last 61 there were Over 2,5 goals.

Barcelona comes to this game with a win over Levante, 3-0, adding the fourth successive win in the Spanish championship. In the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16, the Catalans added a draw to a ball against Celta de Vigo. In this match at home coach Ernesto Valverde must act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-4-2, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. Because it is a difficult game, Barcelona must line up with several starting players. Lionel Messi is the great star of this formation, with 20 goals scored in 26 matches played. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Umtiti, Paco Alcácer and Coutinho.

Celta de Vigo:

The away team comes to this second leg at a disadvantage, because despite the draw in the first leg they suffered 1 goal at home. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Real Madrid by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches Celta de Vigo has won 4, tied 1 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has decreased scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback.

Celta de Vigo is going through a good moment in the season, as indicated by the two draws against the powerful Barcelona and Real Madrid. One of those ties was precisely in the first leg of these eighth-finals, when he won a 1-1 draw at home. In this match away from home, coach Juan Carlos Unzué must act with a defensive strategy, looking only for the counterattack to exploit the back of the opponent’s defense. It is important to point out that the visitors have great competence in fast transitions: Sisto is very fast and excellent in transporting the ball towards the attack. On the other hand, Iago Aspas is the best score of Celta de Vigo in all competitions, with 12 goals scored. Everything indicates that the coach can count on all the players at his disposal.

Insider TIP: Over 3.5 goals – 1.70

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