Barcelona host Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening as the title race in Spain continues run down to the wire.
Barcelona are still in the title race with two games remaining in the league. The Catalans are placed third on the table and are four points away from the league leaders, Atletico Madrid. The chances of winning the La Liga seem bleak for Barca as their hopes bank on the performances of Atletico and Real Madrid to drop points in their remaining fixtures.
However, the race is not yet over and Ronald Koeman will be aiming for three points on Sunday evening. The Catalans have not tasted victory in their last two league fixtures and will look to turn things around after drawing against Atletico Madrid and Levante which ended in a thriller 3-3 draw with Sergio Leon scoring a late equaliser.
Barcelona now host Celta Vigo at home. The last time these two sides met was last year in October when the Catalans scored three past Oscar Garcia’s side at Estadio de Balaidos, courtesy of the goals from Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and an own goal from Lucas Olaza.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal for the hosts. The German had a poor outing in the previous league fixture after conceding three goals. In defence, Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet are expected to form the back three while Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba play higher up the field as full-backs.
In midfield, due to the absence of Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri are expected to play as the two central midfielders in the middle of the park. With the latter being given a more free role to drive forward and support the attack.
The front three would see Ousmane Dembele on the right, Lionel Messi through the centre and Antoine Griezmann on the left-wing to complete the attacking trident. The fixture on Sunday evening could potentially be Messi’s final home game if he does not renew his contract that is set to expire at the end of the season.