Celta Vigo vs Barcelona – LIVE!

Barcelona will look to make it back-to-back wins at the start of the new LaLiga season when they travel to Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

Following a turbulent summer dominated by Lionel Messi’s transfer saga, the Ronald Koeman era got off to an impressive start over the weekend as Ansu Fati notched twice in a 4-0 win over Villarreal.

Celta Vigo narrowly escaped relegation last season and have only won one of their opening three matches this term, though Balaidos has not been a happy hunting ground for Barca over recent years.

Follow all the build-up and match action LIVE with Standard Sport’s Ben Hayward…

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Date, time and venue

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona is scheduled for an 8:30pm BST kick-off tonight.

This match will be played behind closed doors at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: UK viewers will be able to watch the match on Premier Sports, in conjunction with LaLigaTV, which holds the rights to show Spanish football across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Viewers with a Sky subscription can sign up to watch LaLigaTV for free until October 15, while those who don’t have the same time to sign up and stream matches on Premier Player.

For more information, click here.

Team news

Barcelona remain without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with Neto expected to deputise between the posts once more.

Defender Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined, while Junior Firpo is doubtful with a hamstring issue. Martin Braithwaite has been cleared to play following a thigh problem.

Ousmane Dembele, meanwhile, continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 1-2 Barcelona

Saturday’s demolition of Unai Emery’s Villarreal was the perfect tonic for Koeman and Barcelona after an extremely difficult summer.

That impressive start should continue here against a Celta side that narrowly escaped relegation last term and have drawn two of their opening three contests in 2020-21.

However, this has hardly been a happy hunting ground for the Blaugrana over recent seasons. More on that in a moment.

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