Sunday 5th April 2015, Estadio Municipal de Balaidos. Live on Sky Sports 5. Kick-off 8:00pm.
Luis Enrique returns to his former stomping ground as he takes Barcelona to face Celta Vigo in Sunday’s late kick-off.
The 44-year-old boss guided the Galicians to a ninth-placed position in the 2013/14 season, his only campaign at the club’s helm, before moving east to the Nou Camp.
Since taking the Barcelona hot seat he has guided them to top spot and their last outing saw them overcome title challengers Real Madrid 2-1 to open a four-point cushion.
The Catalan giants are flying high with only two home league defeats to their name but one of which came against Sunday’s opponents. A Joaquin Larrivey second-half strike was enough for the win back in November.
The victory has been a highlight of a mediocre season for Celta, they occupy 10th spot sitting 10 points above the drop and 14 short of a European berth.
A 1-0 success over Levante in Sky Blues’ most recent game, courtesy of a goal from Brazilian frontman Charles, ended a three-game winless streak.
As for team news, FCB have had a major boost as league topscorer Lionel Messi is likely to return for Sunday’s match after missing both of Argentina’s games while on international duty.
Celta have no new injury concerns but line-up changes may be in store as boss Eduardo Berizzo could hand Charles a start after his Winner against Levante, putting pressure on Santi Mina and Joaquin Larrivey for their place in the side.
It is no surprise that Barcelona are resounding favourites for the encounter, they are flying high at the league’s summit while all stats point towards an away win.
Celta are the league’s lowest scorers of first-half goals this term with seven, while Barca have scored a league-high 54 after the break. Also, the Catalans have won their last five away league games, scoring an average of four goals per game which makes SkyBet’s 6/5 on them to score 3+ goals very appealing.
BetVictor are offering 19/1 for Enrique’s current side to atone for the early season loss to the tune of 4-0.