Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Live Stream and Highlights
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Preview:
Date: March 30, 2013; Time: 5:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo.
Blaugrana will be looking for fourth straight victory to celebrate Vilanova’s return. Barcelona head coach has returned to the Catalan capital after 3 month receiving cancer treatment in the USA.
Celta de Vigo goes 19th in the La Liga standings with 23 points from 28 played games, having 6 wins, 5 draws and 17 losses so far this season. Their present form has seen 4 losses and 1 win from last five games. Last five home games the Galician team has finished with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Their goal scorer Iago Aspas has 10 goals in 28 appearances. Celta has 3 defeats on the row in La Liga and have won just 1 of their last 11 games in all competitions.
Barcelona stands 1st in the league table with 74 points from 28 played games, having 24 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses so far this season. The Blaugarna comes into this game with 2 defeats and 3 straight wins in their last five games. Last five away games the Catalan grand have finished with 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. Their best forward Lionel Messi has scored 42 goals in 28 games. Also, he has scored 28 goals in his last 18 La Liga fixtures and could become the first player in history to score against 19 league clubs in consecutive games.
Celta Vigo midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli will miss this game due to knee injury. Sergio Alvarez, Hugo Mallo, Samuel Llorca and Alex Lopez all are sidelined. Andres Tunez and Iago Aspas are banned. Quique de Lucas and Natxo Insa have recovered from injuries.
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has a hamstring injury, left def Jordi Alba is out due hamstring problem and winger Pedro also will miss this game cause of calf injury. Carles Puyol and Adriano are sidelined, while Victor Valdes is suspended. Assistant coach Jordi Roura could rest some key players ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final game against PSG. Good new for Eric Abidal cause he is in contention first time since last year’s spring.
Celta Vigo line-up: Varas, Johny, Cabral, Demidov, Lago, Oubiña, Insa, Fernández, Bermejo, Lucas, Park.
Last three matches:
Deportivo 3 – Celta 1;
Celta 1 – Real Madrid CF 2;
Sevilla 4 – Celta 1.
Barcelona line-up: Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Montoya, Alcântara, Song, Fàbregas, Sánchez, Villa, Tello.
Last three matches:
FC Barcelona 3 – Rayo Vallecano 1;
FC Barcelona 4 – AC Milan 0;
FC Barcelona 2 – Deportivo 0.