Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Betting Preview – La Liga, October 1, 2020
Matchday 4 of the Spanish La Liga will wrap up Thursday, October 1, with the marquee showdown between Celta Vigo and Barcelona.
It’s always a special occasion when Barca head to Estadio de Balaidos in Vigo. Interestingly, Barcelona is winless in six straight road encounters with Celta. Their last win at Balaidos came way back in 2015.
Therefore, we should see a great game Thursday even though it’s early in the season and both teams are still picking up the pieces. Here’s my best Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona betting pick along with the latest odds update.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Odds
Barcelona is often a heavy favorite when playing on the road, and visiting Celta won’t make any difference despite the winless streak. The visitors are listed at -189 odds, according to Bovada.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Preview
Celta Vigo is undefeated in its first three games of the new season, recording one win and a couple of draws in the process. The Sky Blues opened with a goalless draw at Eibar. They beat Valencia 2-1 in Week 2, and the Sky Blues earned a 1-1 draw at Valladolid this past weekend.
The 33-year-old forward Iago Aspas scored all three goals for Celta this season. Aspas is a true icon of this club and will be the biggest threat for Celta’s opponents. Winger Nolito and midfielder Denis Suarez accounted for one assist each, and these two guys will play important roles for the Sky Blues in this La Liga campaign.
On the other side, Barcelona’s first two games of the 2020-21 La Liga season were postponed. They opened last weekend against Villarreal at home, tallying a comfortable 4-0 victory as -189 favorites.
It was a nice debut for the new head coach Ronald Koeman. Barca stormed the front and scored four first-half goals. The 17-year-old forward Anssumane Fati led the way with a brace, while Lionel Messi scored once.
Barca allowed just five shots towards Neto, and that’s some good news, considering their starting goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen is injured. Neto will get another chance in Vigo, and that will be a proper challenge for the 31-year-old keeper.
Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona Pick
Barcelona put on a show in the opening game of the season, but the road clash against Celta Vigo will tell us exactly how good Ronald Koemans’s team is at the moment.
Celta had a lot of problems on both sides of the ball last season. The Sky Blues barely avoided the relegation and will be keen to perform much better this term.
Therefore, I think the hosts will make this game very interesting to watch. They scored at least twice in six straight home encounters with Barcelona which is an impressive record.
I think this trend will continue Thursday, so I’m backing both teams to score at -133 odds. Five of the last six encounters between Celta and Barca in Vigo saw both teams finding the net.
Barca won three straight games away from home and conceded just once in the process. However, I rely on Celta’s motivation when they take on a heavyweight rival.
Both Teams to Score Yes-133