Barcelona - Celta Vigo Betting Preview: Back the Catalans to net at least twice in the first half

With Barca in fine scoring form and Celta losing every away match this season, Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides thinks the home side will be quick out of the blocks
The seemingly unstoppable Catalan juggernaut that is Barcelona continues apace, amassing win after win with no one apparently capable of halting their relentless run of victories.

In the 11 matches since their Spanish Super Copa defeat to Real Madrid in August the azulgrana have a near perfect record with a 2-2 draw against the champions Real Madrid at the Camp Nou the only blemish in a run of 10 wins and a solitary draw.

The visit of Celta Vigo to the Catalan capital is unlikely to see any let up in Barca's ominous form with Paddy Power pricing a home win at 1/11 (1.09).

The Galicians meanwhile, fresh from their draw in the local derby with Deportivo La Coruna last week, can be backed at an eyewatering 25/1 (26.00) while the draw is offered at 8/1 (9.00).

Sooner or later of course Barcelona will lose a game this season, yet Celta will not be the side who manage to halt Tito Vilanova's run of home wins.

While Paco Herrera's side acquitted themselves adequately in the 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu a few weeks ago, they do not possess the clinical edge in front of goal needed to get something out of a match against Barcelona.

The league leaders for their part have been rampant in front of goal, scoring 10 times in their last two league matches no to mention three goals in the midweek cup win over Alaves.

The price then of 10/11 (1.91) for Barcelona to score two or more goals in the first half looks extremely appealing.

Last season this bet paid out in 13 of Barca's home league matches and against a newly promoted side who have lost all four of their away matches this season, there is every chance that this one will once again prove to be the correct selection.

For a value bet, back Barca to be ahead at 10 minutes, offered at 11/4 (3.75). Celta have conceded early goals in each of their last three away matches, and the form that Barca are in could well seem them let in another early on.

Barca to score over 1.5 goals in first half at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Barca to be ahead at 10 minutes at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.