Even if Barcelona lose and Sevilla or Atletico win this weekend, the Catalan giants will head into 2019 at the top of the La Liga table, although they will be wary that they have a fight on their hands if they are to lift a 26th title. Celta Vigo will want to end the year on a high with a shock result at the Camp Nou, however with Messi coming into the game off the back of yet another hat-trick, this does seem unlikely. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips from the game and don’t forget to check out our enhanced accas for week 17 of La Liga.
Messi Back To His Best
Lionel Messi put on a masterclass as he provided two assists and bagged a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 romp at Levante.
The Catalans have now won their last three by aggregate score of 11-0, but two of these were against bottom-half outfits while Levante had a man sent off, and against the third-best attack in the league behind themselves and Sevilla, we’re not convinced they’ll keep a fourth clean sheet in a row.
Indeed, Celta Vigo have only twice failed to net this term as they’ve scored against each of the remaining top-four teams – in defeat to Real Madrid and Sevilla, but registering a 2-0 victory over Atletico.
On the road, both teams have scored in all seven of their matches as six have had at least three strikes and three have had four or more.
Celta A Bogey Team For Barcelona?
Celta have been somewhat of a bogey team for Barca over the years with only two defeats in six encounters since 2015/16. While they’re unbeaten at home in this time, they’ve lost two of three winless trips to the Camp Nou with those defeats 5-0 and 6-1 humiliations.
What really stands out though is the amount of goals when these two meet with their last six all featuring at least four as they’ve averaged a whopping 5.33 goals per game.
However, the market has cottoned on to this with Over 3.5 Goals as short as 1.47 and Over 4.5 Goals around Evens. Therefore, to keep goals on side, the best play is to back a Barca win and both teams to score.
Indeed, Ernesto Valverde’s men have only kept two clean sheets at home this season, conceding at least twice in half of their eight encounters, while six of their last nine victories here have come in this manner.
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