LA LIGA PREVIEW: BARCELONA VS CELTA VIGO
Barcelona will look to return to winning ways after a disappointing trip to the capital as they host Luis Enrique’s former side, Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou. The boss himself has some major areas for concern especially in defence which has seen his side concede six goals in two games against major stern tests; PSG and most recently the 3-1 loss at the hands of bitter rivals Real Madrid. Pique’s nightmare at the heart of defence continued as he conceded a silly handball and then later gifted Pepe a free header for the second goal. The most worrying thing for the coach is that his best centre back in Javier Mascherano is a midfielder.
Celta lost this reverse fixture last season 3-0 with goals from Neymar’s double and a goal from Messi. The Argentine maestro sits just one goal behind Telmo Zarra for the most La Liga goals in history and he will be determined to claim the record as his own.
Leo played last weekends match with pain killers but he is expected to be fit and lead the line alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez who also made his debut in the El Classico. Iniesta is injured and Xavi once again will start with a supporting cast of Croatian Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets.
The hosts needs to be wary of an inform Celta side who sit on an impressive position of sixth and fresh from crushing Levante last weekend with a brace from inform striker Joaquin Larrivey. With six goals this season the Argentine is the league’s joint-forth leading scorer. They are unbeaten on the road this season with three draws and a win, and the players will be confident as a result headed into the daunting Camp Nou. However they have lost their last four visits there by many goals and new manager Eduardo Berizzo will have to be wary of a wounded Barcelona side especially Luis Suarez who is still finding his feet with the Catalans. The visitors have conceded in seven of their last nine matches this season and an upset looks to be a far-fetched proposition at this point.