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Barcelona v Celta Vigo Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

09:17 GMT 11/01/2018
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These two sides usually serve up thrilling encounters and we think there will be goals at both ends at the Camp Nou, with Barca coming out on top

This Copa Del Rey last 16 tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw in Vigo last week which saw Celta play extremely well, before the Galicians then went on to shine in a  2-2 league draw against Real Madrid on Sunday evening.

Manager Juan Carlos Unzue will be hoping for another big showing from his players at the Camp Nou, but whether they can produce a third high-intensity performance in a week remains to be seen, and it will be tougher for Celta on Thursday as Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is likely to field a stronger line up than he did in the first leg.

Match odds

SportPesa offer a home win at 4/27 (1.15) while the visitors are priced at 13/1 (14.00) to record a win at the Camp Nou. Celta visited Catalonia last month in the league, with the game ending 2-2, and another draw can be backed at 27/4 (7.75).

Team news

Samuel Umtiti returned to training this week but remains unavailable with a hamstring injury, whilst reported £142 million signing Philippe Coutinho is out for around three weeks with a thigh problem.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were both given the night off in the first leg, but expect both to feature at some stage on Thursday, and Ousmane Dembele could be set for a start after playing for an hour on the weekend.

Celta have no injury concerns ahead of the game. 

Celta to contribute to the entertainment once more

Over the last couple of seasons, this has been one of the most entertaining fixtures in Spain and Celta have competed ferociously with the Blaugrana.

The last six meetings in all competitions have seen two wins for either side, as well as two draws, with those six matches producing 30 goals, and there is little to make us think that Thursday's game will be any different; with the tie in the balance, both sides will go for it.

Tips and predictions

Both teams to score is priced at 20/29 (1.69) but more attractive is backing goals at both ends and a win for Barca at 11/10 (2.10). Celta have netted in five of their last six games against the Catalans, but Ernesto Valverde's men should be too strong in front of their own fans.

Both team to score and Barcelona to win at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with SportPesa