Celta De Vigo Presents as Dangerous Foe Against Barcelona for Your Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Friday, April 3, 2015 5:55 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 3, 2015 5:55 PM UTC

Barcelona look to advance their lead at the top of La Liga against Celta de Vigo on Sunday, but the Spanish giants might not have it as easy as the soccer odds would suggest against the always dangerous Celta. Check out our preview and soccer picks.

Celta de Vigo Dangerous Floaters
Celta de Vigo are gearing up for a clash with the all-mighty Spanish giants, the measure of all things in Spanish top-flight football. The round of 29 La Liga betting clash is firmly cornered in the visitors camp, but the hosts are undeterred even if they are matched as the staggering +650 underdogs. They beat the Catalan side 1-0 at the Camp Nou earlier this season, a result that fills them with a measure of confidence ahead of Sunday's renewal of hostilities in Galicia.  

Celta are sat tenth in La Liga with a 9-8-11 mark and 35 points. They are level on points with Rayo Vallecano but ahead on goal differential, while only a point separates them from ninth-placed Real Sociedad and four points separate them from eighth placed Athletic Club. Further up the table, European qualification spots are 14 points away. Clearly, that's not a realistic objective for Celta with the season in the business end, which means their sole purpose is securing a top-half finish by season end.

This shouldn't be interpreted as a lack of incentive or that they have nothing to play for in this clash. On the contrary, this could be a positive Celta capitalises on. Without the pressure that comes with competing for coveted positions, they can play freely in this game and really take it to Barcelona. The same can't be said of treble-chasing Barcelona, with lively campaigns in La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League.  

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Barcelona's Lead Slim
Barcelona cemented their lead in La Liga with a vital win over their biggest title rivals Real Madrid, winning El Classico 2-1 at the Camp Nou. They are now four points ahead of Real Madrid with a solid 22-2-4 mark and 68 points, and they lead the Primera Division futures betting market as the -400 favorites to clinch the title.

To suggest the Blaugrana have the title in the bag would be premature, despite the soccer odds. It's only a four-point lead and there are still 10 games left on the Primera Division season. Plenty of time for Real Madrid (+333 to win outright) to give chase down the stretch.

The upcoming clash at the Balaidos is going to be pivotal for Barcelona to win, let alone Barca's manager Luis Enrique as he returns to his old stomping grounds and would like nothing better than to leave with all three points. After all, Celta pilfered three points off him and his hombres at Camp Nou earlier this season.

That Celta defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou adds an element of intrigue to this game and Barca's hefty -250 soccer odds to win outright. There are some soccer bettors that question Barca's favorable soccer odds against a side that has legitimate cause to be hopeful, let alone has home advantage.


Soccer Betting Verdict:
Celta's win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou was as unexpected as it was impressive, but it's clearly not enough to sway odds makers nor soccer bettors for that matter. Barcelona is the measure of all things in Spain and, as such, they are almost always the favorites to win outright. What's more, usually, they come through on their favorable soccer odds and a rare setback isn't going to change that soccer betting trend. More likely than not Barcelona will come through as the -250 soccer betting favorites in this game.

That said, bold soccer bettors might still consider a small wager on Celta for their soccer pick. Let's face it, +650 soccer odds are just too good to dismiss on a side that's already proved it can beat Barcelona, no less at the nigh impenetrable fortress of Camp Nou. If Barcelona are going to drop games, it's likelier on the road than at home. Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Granada and Real Valladolid are just some of the modest teams that have taken the measure of a travelling Barcelona these past few seasons. There's really no reason to assume Celta wouldn't add its name to the list. It's a long shot soccer pick, though, so don't go betting the farm on it.

Soccer Free Picks: Celta de Vigo +650 at Bet365

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