Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Camp Nou when Barcelona and Celta Vigo face each other at Camp Nou in the second leg of the Copa del Rey last 16. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Estadio de Balaidos, meaning that an entertaining game is on the horizon. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rested several first-team regulars in the first leg, but they should be recalled to the starting line-up. Leo Messi is likely to start this time out and we predict that the Argentine superstar, who found the net in a 3-0 win over Levante at the weekend, is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Celta Vigo face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against the title holders and they are unlikely to spoil Barca’s party at Camp Nou. It has to be noted that Barcelona crushes Murcia 5-0 in their last home game in Copa del Rey.
Highlighted Player (Jordi Alba):
Jordi Alba is yet another product of Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The pacey full back, though, started playing for Valencia at senior level and after making 74 league appearances for los Che he returned to Barcelona in 2012. He signed a five-year deal with Barca on 28 June, 2012 and he made his debut for the Catalan giants on 19 August in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. Alba won his third La Liga title with Barca in 2016 and it has to be noted that he participated in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2014/2015 Champions League final. The left-footed defender made his Spain debut on 11 October, 2011 and one year later he won the European Championship trophy with la Furia Roja. He scored in the final against Italy. Jordi Alba has four caps for Spain U21 team and he played for Catalonia as well. The left back was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on 21 March, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Celta de Vigo):
Celta de Vigo is a Spanish football club from Vigo in the Galicia region. The club was founded in 1923 after a fusion between Real Club Fortuna de Vigo and Real Vigo Sporting. From 1997 until 2003 Celta de Vigo managed to become a strong team in the Primera Division. Highlight was season 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the knock out stage of the Champions League but in the same season the team got downgraded to the Segunda Division.Celta de Vigo hosts it’s home games in the Estadio Balaidos stadium which holds a capacity of 31 8000 seats. The club colors of Celta de Vigo are baby blue and white. The club is known by the nickname Celtinas and their biggest rival is Deportivo la Coruna which is from the same region as Celta de Vigo. The biggest achievement of Celta de Vigo is winning the Intertoto cup in 2000 and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey in 1948, 1994 and 2001. Known players that wore the Celta de Vigo jersey are Jordi Cruyff, Diego Costa, Sasa Illic, Makelele, Nene and Sylvinho.