The central match of the round of sixteen of the Spanish Cup will be an encounter between Barcelona and Celta. The first match of the confrontation, which was held at Balaidos, brought a 1:1 draw, Barcelona played without Messi and Suarez and generally was satisfied with a draw. In their turn, Celta have noticeably gained shape, which was confirmed by the Primera match against Real, in which Celestes managed to gain one point.
Valverde will probably turn to rotation once again in the upcoming game, as three days after the match against Celta, Barca has an away match in the Basque Country against Real Socidead. But the Catalans have fighting mood for Copa del Rey as well, therefore the Primera leader will do everything possible for a successful win. It is important to note, that Barca this season are showing not only great offensive performance, but defensive as well.
For Celta the Spanish Cup may become the trampoline to Europe, as the men from Vigo after 18 played rounds in Primera are only on the 14th position. But it should be noted, that there is a very high density in the middle of the Spanish elite tournament table and the gap to the top-seven and Eibar is only five points, i.e. it is more than real to rise to the Champions League zone.
Barcelona will try to win with “small blood” as the most difficult match against Real Sociedad is ahead, which is better to be won. Blaugranas have the strongest line of defense and not that many are able to break the defense of the hosts. Celta themselves will probably come to Catalonia to play defensively, looking back to their goal. One may try betting on Barcelona via total under in this couple.
Prediction for the match: Barcelona to win + under 4.5 goals in the match