Celta Vigo hasn’t won in Barcelona since 2006 and their best chance is to defeat local club Espanyol on Saturday evening. The hosts are struggling to keep a clean sheet and have recently lost the derby with Barcelona by four goals to nil.
Match: Espanyol vs Celta Vigo
Bet: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: Bet365 2.10
With Espanyol winning just twice in the last 10 games, it is hard to explain why bookmakers are crediting them with the first chance to triumph tonight. One of the reasons for why Barcelona made short work of them one week ago is that their main goalkeeper was sidelined. Alvarez is still injured and he will be replaced in the net by Casilla who is still trying to recover after conceding four goals. He was also shown a yellow card and this will have a deterring effect on him when thinking about tackling opponents.
Despite the fact that the hosts are playing without their main goalkeeper, they are still entitled to expect a positive result because their opponents are equally shaky in the defense. Celta also lost 4-0 away at Real Madrid and their injury list got wider, not to mention that all three absentees are members of the defense. Replacing Tunez, Mallo and Llorca is quite a challenge for coach Paco Herrera who will have no choice but to gamble with an offensive lineup.
There are very few reasons for backing the hosts at these odds, but since the game can easily go either way, Celta Vigo is hardly a banker. Arguably the best choice for punters is the Over 2.5 bet at odds of 2.10 with Bet365, odds that are expected to last until kickoff.