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Match Preview: Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Arturo Vidal, FC Barcelona
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Barcelona will welcome Celta Vigo to the Camp Nou stadium this evening at 21:00 (CET).

Spanish football champions Barcelona continue their title defense with a home game against Celta Vigo in the 13th La Liga round of the season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side has been hit with a performance crisis over the past week, having suffered an unexpected 3-1 defeat at Levante seven days ago, before a depressing 0-0 draw with Slavia Prague in the Champions League in midweek.

The Catalans, however, entered the 13th Matchday of the 2019-20 campaign on the top of the table with 22 points in their account. At the moment, they are in second with two games in hand, following Real Sociedad’s 1-1 draw with Leganes on Friday evening.

Celta Vigo, on the other hand, are sitting in the relegation zone, having collected only nine points from the opening 12 rounds of the season.

The Sky Blues are in desperate need of points as they visit Camp Nou with a four-game losing streak on their back. They are hoping for Iago Aspas to finally get going this season, who has scored just twice in 12 La Liga outings so far.

Team news

Ernesto Valverde will again be without the services of Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, who is out with a calf injury.

Jordi Alba is also expected to miss the game for the home side after picking up a hamstring injury in the 0-0 draw against Slavia Prague last Tuesday.

Barcelona loanee, Rafinha Alcantara will have to wait for his Camp Nou return, as he is sidelined with a knee problem.

Santi Mina, Kevin Vasquez and Claudio Beauvue are also on Oscar Garcia Junyent’s absentees list, while ex-Barca midfielder Denis Suarez is ready to face his former employers.

Stats

Barcelona have lost twice as many games to Celta (four) than anybody else since the 2014/15 season. In contrast, however, Celta have the poorest historical record (just two wins) out of all the teams that have visited Camp Nou 50 times or more in La Liga’s history.

Barcelona failed to find the net at their home ground for the first time this year in the 0-0 draw against Slavia Praga a few days ago.

Celta Vigo have the joint-poorest attack in the league (with Espanyol) having scored just six goals in the opening 12 rounds.

The Sky Blues returned home with a total of four points (1W 1D 3L) from their last five league visits to the biggest stadium in Europe.

Ernesto Valverde’s side has won all five league games they’ve hosted this term, netting a total of 21 goals in the process – an average of 4,2 per game.

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