FC Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo / Copa del Rey – Before the first match in Vigo, Barcelona was a great favourite for the quarter-finals of the Kings’ Cup, and after 1-1 in that match, the Catalans are even closer to passing. What is interesting about this duel is the fact that Celta managed to remain undefeated at Nou Camp in all competitions and that championship duel ended with a score of 2-2, which in this case led to the quarter-finals. In the meantime, Barcelona recorded a new championship win, and Celta played a draw with Real and thus practically helped the Catalans in their fight for the championship title. Begins: 11.01.2018. – 21:30 CET
Barcelona is still aiming for the title of the Spanish champions, while there are no problems in the Cup at the moment problem as well as in the Champions League and considering how the Catalans are now playing and how they have reinforced their team, it will not be surprising if they eventually end up winning all three trophies. It would take a miracle in La Liga to lose the first place because they have a great advantage, and compared to their biggest rival Real this advantage is constantly increasing.
Last weekend, the Catalans have mastered Levante with 3-0 and it was the fourth consecutive win in the championship and they were all achieved without any goals scored. In the first duel with Celta, coach Valverde has played without his biggest stars and they again dominated in the draw that opens the doors to the quarterfinals. Now, however, we expect a stronger composition on the field to prevent some surprise, while they cannot count on their biggest reinforcement Coutinho due to injury, as well as center-back Umtiti.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: Cillessen – Semedo, Pique, Vermaelen, Digne – Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitić – Messi, L.Suarez, Dembele
In the first match, Celta made a great effort to gain any advantage, but despite the fact that their rival did not play in the strongest composition, it ended with 1-1. It is a little consolation that they managed to play another draw this season against the best Spanish team, and then they played a draw last weekend with the current champions Real Madrid. They had a lead that they somehow easily and quickly dropped before the end of the first half when they received two goals.
Later they also had a penalty that Iago Aspas did not use, but they still reached 2-2 at the end. It was the third match in a row in which they were not defeated, and coach Unzue has compared to the Cup, made four changes and Ruben was again on the goal, Roncaglia was at the cneter-back position, while Radoj and Hernandez were in the lead. They must be tired after two matches with strong rivalries and there will probably be refreshments, though they will try to play with their strongest forces.
Probable lineups Celta Vigo: S.Alvarez – Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Fontas, Jonny Castro – Wass, Lobotka, Jozabed – Iago Aspas, Maxi Gomez, Sisto
FC Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo PICK
Barcelona looks really powerful and Celta can hardly prevent the Catalans’ placement in the quarter-finals, but what the guests can certainly do is score against their big rivals. Barcelona will play in their style anyway, to achieve as many goals as possible.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.66 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)