Xavi’s Barcelona and Eduardo Coudet’s Celta Vigo go head-to-head in La Liga at the Camp Nou this Sunday. Barca are a team in red-hot form right now, winning six league games in a row to fire themselves to the top of the table.
However, Blaugrana will be hoping to bounce back from the midweek UEFA Champions League loss to Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Will the hosts be too strong for the visitors in this one? Read on for our Barcelona vs Celta Vigo prediction.
Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo
Barcelona have made a blistering start to their domestic season, winning every game since drawing a blank against Rayo Vallecano on the opening weekend.
Barca is the big favorites in this home league match, and a win would take them on to 22 points ahead of next weekend’s crunch match with bitter rivals Real Madrid.
2022-23 La Liga Campaign
In contrast, Celta Vigo have made a mixed start to their 2022-23 La Liga campaign. After seven games played, the Sky Blues have taken ten points and are in mid-table.
Barcelona ran out of comfortable 3-1 winners when these two teams last went head-to-head. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is now a Chelsea player, scored a double, and Memphis Depay was on target in a 3-1 Blaugrana home win back in May.
A Thrilling 3-3 Draw
Last season’s reverse matchup at Balaidos ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Incredibly, Celta came from three goals down to snatch a point, with Iago Aspas netting the leveler in injury time.
The Vigo club have caused Barca problems in recent times, winning two and drawing two of the previous seven meetings. Can they pull off another shock result here?
Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo Betting Analysis
Barcelona have played second fiddle to fierce rivals Real Madrid over the past couple of years in Spain’s top tier, but Xavi’s men look determined to win back the crown this season.
The 26-time Spanish champions have been excellent thus far, dropping just two points from a possible 21.
They kicked off their season with a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Vallecano. However, Blaugrana have not put a foot wrong since, winning six on the spin to move to first place in La Liga standings.
La Liga Standings
Champions Real have also won six and drawn one, but Barca are ahead with a superior goal difference. Last time out in the league, Barcelona edged past Mallorca away from home.
It was a tighter game than Barca would have wanted, but Robert Lewandowski’s 20th-minute effort proved to be enough to give the away team a narrow 1-0 win.
Barcelona followed that up with a 1-0 European loss in Milan in midweek, so they will be eager to get back to winning ways here.
Celta Vigo Performance Recap
Celta Vigo had a so-so season last time around, racking up 46 points after 12 wins, ten draws, and 16 defeats. They were nowhere near the drop zone or the European places, and Celta could be in for a similar campaign this year.
The Sky Blues are in 11th place at present. After seven matches played, Vigo have secured three wins, suffered three losses, and have drawn once.
Gabriel Veiga’s Early Goal
After back-to-back defeats to Atletico Madrid and Valencia, shipping seven goals along the way, Celta bounced back with a much-needed 1-0 home win over Real Betis last time out – Gabriel Veiga’s early goal did the business at Balaidos.
Celta showed incredible fighting spirit to come from three goals down at the break to draw with Barcelona when they last met – not many sides can do that.
However, Barca are a different animal these days, and this will no doubt be a far tougher test for Coudet and his men. Right below, we hunt down the latest La Liga odds and give you our Barcelona vs Celta Vigo prediction.
Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo Odds Breakdown
With Barcelona in such fine fettle right now, they are the heavy favorites, with the bookies to chalk up another three points this weekend. At the time of writing, Barca are priced at just -350.
They have an implied win probability of 77.8%, which speaks volumes about how good their form is right now.
Celta Vigo have been a tough nut to crack for Barca in recent times. Blaugrana won the last meeting, but Vigo came from three goals down to grab an unlikely draw when the duo locked horns in Galicia last November.
However, they are the big underdogs in this one, with the bookies offering the huge La Liga odds of +800 for an away win.
Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo Betting Pick and Prediction
Make no mistake about it, Barcelona are slowly but surely getting back to their best. Victory on Sunday will be the seventh success on the spin in La Liga and will keep them ahead of Real before those two heavyweights lock horns at the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend.
Celta Vigo are a capable outfit on their day, and Coudet’s side will be buoyed from their win over Betis last time out.
Who to Bet On?
However, Barca should be too strong for them in this one. Our La Liga predictions for this one are below.
Our Barcelona vs Celta Vigo prediction has to be an easy win for the home team. Xavi has his players firing on all cylinders right now, and there is good value in +188 for the hosts to win -2.
Also, we are picking Barcelona to be winning at half time and full time at -120.
La Liga Pick: Barcelona to win (-120)