Europe: Champions League - group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
During the last calendar meeting of the 14 th round of Spanish La Liga the hosts of Camp Nou were the bright favorites. But the final result of the meeting against Celta had pleased the fans of the guests (2:2).
The score was opened by the guests after the accurate shot of Iago Aspas (0:1). It is clear that the team of Ernesto Valverde had managed to bounce back (2:1).
Barcelona Spain (the head coach Ernesto Valverde)
But if the defense of the Blaugranes headed by Marc-André ter Stegen were really good that evening, the Spanish newspapers would write about new victory of the leader. But as Celta has managed to play back now the sport mass media is full of headings about fantastic failure of Barcelona.
And despite the fact that the hosts of Camp Nou are still heading the champion’s race the main challenger of the leader Valencia is able to cut its goal deficit to minimum.
Sporting Portugal (the head coach Jorge Jesus)
During the last 6 round of the group stage of the Champions League the guests of the greatest football arena of Europe will become Sporting Portugal.
During the previous round Barcelona became the winner of its group. And that is why the game against the vice-champion of Portugal has turned to be the friendly game to the Blaugranes. But the team of Jorge Jesus needs the victory in order to get into the first round of play off from the second place.
It is quite possible that in case of victory in a Saturday match against Celta the Catalans stars would be relaxed during the match against Sporting.
But now the main is a psychological factor. If now Barca makes it possible for Sporting to earn even one point at its home arena the critics will begin to cry immediately about the gaming crisis of the team of Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona – 1.35, draw – 5.50, Sporting –8.00;
both teams to score (yes) - odds 1.73 Betfair