Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Celta Vigo will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 5-0 loss to Villarreal when they welcome Ajax at their Estadio de Balaidos in the Europa League. Os Celeste kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Standard Liege and they did well to beat Panathinaikos (2-0) in their first home game in Group G. Over the years the Galicians have turned their Estadio de Balaidos into a real fortress and they are regarded as favourites to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match against Ajax. The Amsterdammers aim to build on back-to-back wins over Panathinaikos and Standard Liege, but, taking everything into account, both teams will be happy with one point from the match. Both Celta Vigo and Ajax are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Estadio de Balaidos clash and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the Group G derby.
Highlighted Player (John Guidetti):
John Guidetti is one of Sweden’s most talented forwards and the man tipped to replace superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the national team. The highly rated footballer left Brommapojkarna soon after being promoted to the first team set-up, joining Premier League giants Manchester City. And while he never got a chance to shine at Etihad Stadium, Guidetti proved a great deal of potential during loan spells with Feyenoord and Celtic, and eventually earned a permanent contract with La Liga high flyers Celta Vigo. The talented striker has yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Balaidos, but he has been using the time spent on the pitch wisely, and continued his goalscoring form in Spain’s top flight. Playing alongside Nolito and Iago Aspas at club level as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Berg on international stage is bound to further aid the player’s development, and many believe he will go on to become one of Sweden’s best ever strikers. Guidetti has so far only made a handful of appearances for Blagult, but that is bound to change in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax are a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker. During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.