Barcelona vs Celta Vigo: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info
Unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona head to Celta Vigo on Tuesday as they aim to move another step closer to the title.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are 11 points clear at the top of the table but may have one eye on Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla.
Celta go into the game on the back of defeat at Leganes on Saturday, but they have proved tough opponents for Barca in the past particularly at Balaidos.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a preview.
Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
TV: Sky Sports Football (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.)
Stream: Sky Go, beIN Sports Connect, fubo.tv
Celta will be without two key players for the visit of Barcelona as both Hugo Mallo and Pablo Hernandez are suspended, per Transfermarkt.
Barcelona’s only injury concern is Ivan Rakitic, who is expected to miss out again after undergoing surgery on a broken finger sustained in the UEFA Champions League defeat to AS Roma.
However, Valverde could rotate his team, and squad players such as Thomas Vermaelen, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez and Paco Alcacer may get a start.
Awesome Aspas Can Hurt Barcelona
Celta striker Iago Aspas has enjoyed a superb season and scored 19 La Liga goals this season—only Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have scored more.
The 30-year-old was on target in the game between the two sides at the Camp Nou and should trouble a Barcelona defence that may include a few changes.
Football writer Sid Lowe said he is crucial to Celta:
Aspas looks to have played his way into Spain’s FIFA 2018 World Cup squad despite stiff competition for places, but he will want to maintain his form to guarantee his place on the plane to Russia.
Can Barcelona Remain Unbeaten?
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Barcelona secured a La Liga record in their 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday when they made it to 39 games unbeaten. Valverde’s side have just six games left and could go through the entire campaign without defeat.
That achievement has been largely overshadowed by the disappointing UEFA Champions League defeat to Roma, but football writer Andrew Gaffney said Barca deserve respect for their La Liga milestone:
Although the league title looks destined for the Camp Nou, Barcelona still have some testing fixtures to negotiate, not least Tuesday’s trip to Celta.
Swedish journalist Alexandra Jonson explained why Barca may struggle at Balaidos:
Barcelona drew 2-2 with Celta at the Camp Nou in December. However, they got the better of Juan Carlos Unzue’s side in the Copa del Rey as they drew the away leg 1-1 and then won 5-0 at home.
Much may depend on how many changes Valverde makes to his team, but Barcelona’s unbeaten run will get a tough examination on Tuesday night.