Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey Leg 1 Live Stream, TV Info

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2018

TOPSHOT - Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (2L) celebrates with Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta, Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after scoring during the Spanish League 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 23, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / OSCAR DEL POZO        (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona continue their bid to win a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title when they take on Celta Vigo in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Balaidos on Thursday.

The Blaugrana remain on track to win the treble this season after excellent performances in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, and they saw off Murcia with ease in the last round of this competition.

Celta are likely to present Ernesto Valverde's side with a significant challenge, but if Barca can earn a win from the away leg, they will be heavy favourites to advance to the quarter-finals.

Read on for a preview of the clash, along with scheduling and viewing details. 

         

Date: Thursday, Jan. 4

Time: 6 p.m. GMT/1 p.m. ET

TV Info: beIN Sports USA 

Live Stream: beIN Connect

          

Preview

Celta are one of only three teams to have prevented Barcelona from winning in La Liga so far this season and the only side to earn a point against the Blaugrana at the Camp Nou.

When the two sides met in the Spanish top flight last month, the fixture ended in a 2-2 draw, with Maxi Gomez netting a 70th-minute equaliser after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez had hit back following Iago Aspas' opener.

It was an entertaining game, and neutral observers will be hoping for more of the same on Thursday.

Celta will be buoyed going into the clash with Barca after they followed back-to-back defeats with a 3-1 away victory over Deportivo La Coruna before the festive break.

Barcelona should also be on a high after they thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in their last fixture.

Messi was brilliant in the Clasico, and as with every side that faces Barca, Celta will have to work out how to keep the Argentinian superstar quiet if they are to get a positive result.

Barcelona have the advantage of having the second leg back at the Camp Nou, so even a draw would be a decent result for the Catalans.

Celta, though, arguably have to win Thursday's first leg if they are to have a chance of knocking out Barca and sealing their spot in the last eight.

Aspas and Gomez have been Celta's most potent attacking threats so far this term—they have netted a combined 18 goals in La Liga.

Both have more than enough ability to cause Barca's defence plenty of problems, but they will need to be clinical with the chances they get.

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