PREVIOUS MEETING AT THE CAMP NOU
FC Barcelona hosted Celta at the Camp Nou on Week 10 of La Liga. The ending 3-1 result allowed Tito Vilanova’s men set a new record for the best ever start in league history, with nine wins and one draw. The Blaugrana grabbed the early lead thanks to a strike from Adriano on 20 minutes. Villa fired Barça ahead after Celta had equalized before the break. In the second half, Alba sealed the win with a goal after a great assists from the Asturian striker.
Paco Herrera’s men find themselves in the middle of a ruthless battle to remain in Spain’s top flight, as they sit 19th on 23 points after 28 matches. Of their last five matches, Celta have lost four and won one. Their only win was secured against Granada (2-1), while Deportivo (3-1), Real Madrid (1-2), Sevilla (4-1) and Getafe (3-1) all defeated the Celestes.
ONES TO WATCH
Herrera will not be able to call on his top scorer, Iago Aspas, for tomorrow’s showdown with Barça. The forward, who has netted 10 goals this season for Celta (37% of the teams total goals this year) and given 6 assists, was shown a red card in the match against Deportivo de la Coruña. Despite the setback, Herrera will be able to call on De Lucas (3 goals), who was given the medical all-clear this week, Park Chu-Young (3 goals), Mario Bermejo (4 goals), and Augusto Fernández (4 goals).