Saturday sees Celta Vigo travel to Barcelona, and it is something of a footballing quirk that it should be Luis Enrique's former club to visit Camp Nou in the immediate aftermath of the manager's announcemout that he will be leaving the Catalans at the end of the season.
The decision itself it not a particular surprise given Enrique's fractious relationship with the press and some of his players, though the announcement came after a 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon which saw Barca regain the lead at the top of La Liga.
The Blaugrana's victory coupled with Real Madrid's home draw to Las Palmas means Barca have a one point lead over their eternal rivals at the top, although Celta could prove tricky opponents. The Galicians have excelled against the biggest sides this season, knocking Madrid out of the Copa Del Rey while giving Los Blancos a real scare in La Liga at Santiago Bernabeu before going down 2-1.
Celta also narrowly lost 3-2 at Atletico Madrid three weeks ago, conceding twice in the last four minutes, while against Barca earlier this season in Vigo they recorded a famous 4-3 victory.
The Blaugrana will therefore be extremely wary of a side who have not only beaten them in their last two matches in Vigo, but also won at the Camp Nou two seasons ago. Betway offer a home win at 2/15 (1.13) though while Celta can be backed at 14/1 (15.00) and the draw is offered at 9/1 (10.00) .
With the last three matches between these two sides producing 19 goals it is easy to understand why the bookmakers are backing another high scoring encounter, and over 3.5 goals is offered at just 11/20 (1.55) . More tempting however is the price of 8/11 (1.73) for both teams to score which looks to offer decent value given both sides' respective records.
Barca have conceded in four of their last six home league games, while Celta have scored in five of their last six away matches and as mentioned, have found the net at some of the toughest grounds in Spain.
Furthermore, this selection has comfortably paid out the last three times these sides have met and in seven of their last 11 meetings, and with both sides more than capable of registering at least one goal, opposing either of them to keep a clean sheet has to be where the smart money goes.
|Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) for a 3pt stake with Betway|