It could come down to motivation Sunday when relegation-threatened Celta Vigo host league champion Barcelona in a Spanish La Liga season finale. Barcelona (28-4-5) clinched the league title three weeks ago, but they come off a 3-0 dismantling of Mallorca last Sunday after a couple of sluggish outings. Celta Vigo (10-10-17) are 17th in La Liga's table, even with Almeria on 40 points and one ahead of 18th-place Vallodolid. Three other teams have 41 points, two points clear of the drop zone, so gaining points will be crucial on the season's final day. Celta Vigo are 0-1-5 in their past six matches, including a 1-0 loss to Cadiz last Sunday.
Kickoff at Estadio de Balaidos in Vigo, Spain is set for 3 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Celta Vigo as slight +155 favorites (risk $100 to win $155) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona odds. Barca are +165 underdogs, a draw is priced at +245 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo picks, make sure you check out the La Liga predictions from proven soccer insider Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since last year's World Cup, Green has been profitable in multiple areas on his soccer picks, including the Champions League (+5.13 units), FA Cup (+3.07), EFL Cup (+3.64) and Europa League (+1.13).
Now, Green has broken down the Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona matchup from every angle. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo:
- Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo spread: Barcelona +0.5 (-190)
- Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo over/under: 2.5 goals
- Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo money line: Celta Vigo +155, Barcelona +165, Draw +245
- CEL: Celta Vigo have scored 11 goals in their past seven matches at home.
- BAR: Barca have conceded seven goals in their past three road games.
- Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back Barcelona
The visitors appear to have shaken off the celebration hangover, as they were simply dominant last week. Barcelona held 79% possession and outshot Mallorca 28-3, putting nine shots on target and conceding one. Ansu Fati got a rare start, and the 20-year-old made the most of it, scoring two goals. That gave him seven for the season, in 12 starts. Gavi also scored, and he and fellow midfielder Raphinha gave Celta a lot of trouble in the first meeting in October. Barcelona won that meeting 1-0.
Striker Robert Lewandowski, the league's leading scorer with 23 goals, should have an impact. Mainstays Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will be making their final Barcelona appearances, so the team will want to send them out with a victory. The hosts will have to work for goals Sunday, as Barcelona have the league's best defense. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has 26 clean sheets, 11 more than any other La Liga keeper, and they have yielded 18 goals in 37 games. See who to back at SportsLine.
Why you should back Celta Vigo
The hosts are 3-3-1 in the past seven meetings between these teams at Estadio de Balaidos. Barca haven't won both league meetings in the same season since 2013-14. And with the home crowd behind Los Celestes and their spot in the top flight on the line, they will be much more motivated. They had a 14-13 edge in shots and had plenty of chances to score in the first meeting. Captain Iago Aspas failed to beat ter Stegen one-on-one, and Gonzalo Paciencia drilled the post late in the match. Celta have 151 shots on net, eighth-most in the league.
Aspas, who has double-digit goals in all eight seasons with Celta and has 12 in this campaign, will be the key for the hosts. Young midfielder Gabriel Veiga has nine goals, and six other players have scored at least twice. Barcelona were outscored 5-2 in losing consecutive matches after clinching the title. That included a 3-1 setback to Valladolid two weeks ago that helped put Celta in peril. The hosts harass whoever has the ball, especially between the attacking areas. They have the fourth-most tackles in the league, second-most in the middle third of the pitch. See who to back at SportsLine.
How to make Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona picks
Green has scrutinized the Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona match from every angle, and he is leaning Over on the goal total. He also provides four confident best bets, three offering plus-money payouts, and has a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.
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