Pre-game in 10 stats: Celta-Barcelona

  • Barcelona has scored in 49 of its 51 clashes as local team against RC Celta in league (39 wins, 10 draws). It only remained scoreless in its only two defeats (0-2 in 1941 and 0-1 in 2014).
  • Celta is the only team in the league that has defeated Barcelona at least once in each of the three previous seasons (6 matches, 3 wins, 3 losses).
  • However, FC Barcelona’s manager, Ernesto Valverde, has not lost any of the league matches he has played against the Galician club in his career as a manager (13 matches, 10 wins, 3 draws).
  • Counting the three previous seasons, Celta has scored a total of 10 goals against the Catalonian team in league, more than any other team.
  • Barcelona has not lost any of its 13 league matches in 2017/2018 (11 wins, 2 draws). Its best undefeated start of a season was in the 2009/2010 under the orders of Pep Guardiola, when it went without losing in its first 21 games (17 wins, 4 draws).
  • Celta has scored in all the matches it has played so far away from home (13 goals in total), something that only Valencia and Barcelona, the first two teams on the leader board, have achieved this season.
  • Lionel Messi has scored three goals and dished out four assists in his last two matches against Celta in Camp Nou, including the indirect penalty scored by Luis Suarez in 2016.
  • The Argentine striker has not scored matches the last three league matches, his worst scoring streak in the tournament since April 2016 (three). The last time Messi went scoreless in more matches was in January 2014 (seven).
  • Iago Aspas has scored three goals in his last three clashes against Barça in league, but all three were in Balaídos.
  • There are many connections between the Vigo team and Barcelona. Sky-blues Fontas and Sergi Gómez, in addition to the current managing staff, formed part of FC Barcelona. On the other hand, in the Barcelona team there are ex-Celta players: Denis Suarez and Rafinha.