Celta Vigo vs Barcelona predictions: Champions to sign off in style
Celta Vigo enter the final game of the LaLiga season in a precarious position, knowing that defeat against the newly-crowned Spanish champions could leave them in the relegation zone should other results go against them.
Barcelona have nothing left to play for after confirming their title success with victory over city rivals Espanyol on May 14, but the quality they possess means they remain a threat.
The win over the struggling Parakeets was immediately followed by back-to-back defeats but they put in a fantastic performance in their last home game of the season to thrash Mallorca 3-0, and will be looking to sign off in style against their relegation-threatened hosts.
Celta Vigo will be without goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin once again as he has been ruled out since January, while the defensive duo of Joseph Aidoo and Fran Beltran are also sidelined after picking up injuries in May.
Barcelona’s own defensive pair of Ronald Araujo and Alejandro Balde are doubts and are unlikely to be risked with nothing to play for.
That pair will join Pedri on the sidelines for the final game of the season.
Celta Vigo have won just one of their last 11 LaLiga games.
Barcelona have won nine of their last 14 league games.
Celta Vigo have only won one of their last seven meetings with Barcelona.
Robert Lewandowski has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Barcelona.
Only a win would guarantee survival for Celta Vigo but they face a tough task as they go up against LaLiga champions Barcelona and are likely to be reliant on results elsewhere to secure their top-tier status.
Celta have endured a torrid run of form over the last few months, winning just one of their last 11 LaLiga games to leave them precariously perched on the edge of the relegation zone.
They have crumbled under the pressure of the relegation battle, losing five of their last six games and dropping crucial points to relegation rivals Getafe and Valencia in the process.
Barcelona did not help Celta’s survival hopes as they lost to 18th-placed Real Valladolid in their last away game, but the Blaugrana bounced back with an emphatic win over Mallorca last time out and will be looking to end the season with a flourish.
The visitors have won four of their last six games in the league and have beaten Celta in their last two encounters, and they are looking good to sign off a successful campaign in style.