Our football match prediction:
Estadio de Balaidos will host Thursday’s football match between Celta Vigo and Krasnodar. Os Celeste aim to bounce back from a heavy 5-0 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou and it remains to be seen if they will give fans some cheer. Os Celeste did well to eliminate Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League last 32 and they are definitely capable of beating Krasnodar in the upcoming two-legged tie. Eduardo Berizzo’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that the Spaniards will emerge triumphant in the first leg. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Iago Aspas. The Russian side are on a three-game winless run on the road, speaking of Europa League fixtures and, they are unlikely to spoil Celta Vigo’s party at Estadio de Balaidos in the Europa League last 16, first leg.
Highligted Player (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 (Krasnodar):
Krasnodar are one of several Russian clubs that were founded in the 21st century (2008). The Byki were promoted to the Russian Premier League in 2011 and they were playing under Serbian tactician Slavoljub Muslin back then. Krasnodar finished the 2014/2015 season in third place in the standings and that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. The club’s biggest rivals are Kuban Krasnodar and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the local derby. The Bulls participated in the 2015/2016 Europa League group stages and it has to be noted that they managed to beat star-studded Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in front of home fans. However, they failed to make life difficult for Sparta Prague in the last 32, losing 4-0 to the Czech outfit on aggregate. Krasnodar play their home matches at Krasnodar Stadium, the venue that was built in 2016. The capacity of the stadium is 33,000.