Celta Vigo-Barcelona Preview: Luis Enrique hoping to spoil visitors' run
The former Barca captain will be determined to prevent the Blaugrana from grabbing three points against Celta following Gerardo Martino's men Clasico victory over Real Madrid
Barcelona will look to carry momentum from the triumph against Real Madrid into Tuesday's visit to the Estadio de Balaidos to face Celta Vigo.
Gerardo Martino's side continued their unbeaten start to the Liga campaign as Barca saw off the challenge of their Clasico rivals on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Camp Nou in the marquee fixture.
A goal in either half from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez put Barcelona into a commanding lead before Jese Rodriguez's consolation effort for Carlo Ancelotti's side in injury time.
That result took the Catalan giants' record to nine wins and one draw from their 10 Liga fixtures, meaning the defending champions head into Tuesday's game top of the table by one point from Atletico Madrid and six clear of Real.
Martino may use the game as an opportunity to once again rotate his squad, as the Celta fixture marks the second of three matches that Barcelona will play in the space of seven days.
The likes of Alexis, Pedro and Carles Puyol were all named on the bench against Real and Martino could utilise his squad in order to keep them fresh, with a league clash against Espanyol on Friday on the horizon.
Key to Barca's success could be the form of Brazilian Neymar after his starring role in his first Clasico appearance, when the 21-year-old scored to take his Liga tally to three goals this season.
Lionel Messi will also be keen to make an impact against Celta, after failing to hit top form against Madrid. Martino is without full-back Jordi Alba (hamstring) and midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (knee).
Barcelona will be wary of an upset, having drawn the corresponding encounter between the two sides 2-2 last season.
Luis Enrique's side have endured a difficult start to the season and sit in 16th position with just nine points from 10 games.
Celta, though, will be buoyed by their 5-0 rout of Malaga on Saturday, a victory that ended a run of seven league games without a win, including four straight defeats prior to facing Bernd Schuster's side.
Denmark international Michael Krohn-Dehli could come back into contention following a sprained ankle, although former Barca star Enrique may opt for the same starting XI that comfortably saw off Malaga.
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Celta 0-3 FC Barcelona
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Celta 1-3 FC Barcelona
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Celta 0-4 FC Barcelona
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|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 29, 2013||Celta 0 - FC Barcelona 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 30, 2013||Celta 2 - FC Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Nov 3, 2012||FC Barcelona 3 - Celta 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 28, 2007||FC Barcelona 3 - Celta 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 28, 2006||Celta 2 - FC Barcelona 3|
|Mar 1, 2014||Elche 1 - Celta 0||LIGA|
|Feb 22, 2014||Celta 1 - Getafe 1||LIGA|
|Feb 15, 2014||Villarreal 0 - Celta 2||LIGA|
|Feb 10, 2014||Celta 0 - Athletic Bilbao 0||LIGA|
|Jan 31, 2014||Granada 1 - Celta 2||LIGA|
|Returns:||Celta £120.00||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Returns:||Draw £60.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Barcelona £13.60||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|-||Andreu Fontàs Prat||Defender|
|12||Gustavo Daniel Cabral||Defender|
|-||Lévy Clément Madinda||Midfielder|
|-||Santiago Mina Lorenzo||Striker|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|