FC Barcelona's tough start to their La Liga title defense continues tonight, as they travel to Vigo to take on in-form, unbeaten Celta at Balaidos. Despite its reputation, Barcelona have actually performed well over the years at Balaidos, picking up victories in each of their last two appearances at the stadium, and in four of their last five trips; following his previous stint as Celta coach, Luis Enrique will surely be hoping to extend run of good form tonight with another victory.
The Blaugrana enter the match with the majority of their star players fit and ready to start after some shrewd rotation by Enrique at the weekend against Levante. Celta on the other hand also enter the match on a high, following their impressive 2-1 victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against struggling Sevilla. Former Barcelona B starlet, Nolito has been in excellent form, grabbing four goals to tie for second in the race for the Pichichi and generally, there is an air of positivity in their camp.
While this isn't as tough as a trip to the Vicente Calderon, Celta will likely represent one of our toughest tests of the season to date and Barca will have to be at their very best to maintain their 100% record and escape with all three points. Indeed, it will be imperative for the Blaugrana -- who have been notoriously slow starters in each of their four La Liga matches -- to ride the initial wave of Celta pressure. The Galicians top the table according to half-time results, whereas Barcelona surprisingly languish just above the relegation zone.
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