Our football match prediction:
Despite failing to impress in the group stages, Celta Vigo eventually booked their place in the Europa League last 32. By beating Shakhtar Donetsk in the two-legged tie Os Celeste set up a meeting with Krasnodar in the last 16 of the Europa League and they proved their worth in the double-header against the Russian outfit. Eduardo Berizzo’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home and that is the main reason why we predict that hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football game. Albert Stuivenberg’s team outclassed fellow Belgian team Gent in the last 16, but beating Celta Vigo at Estadio de Balaidos is easier said than done. The La Liga club aim to get their job done in the first leg and we believe that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. In their last home game in the Europa League Celta Vigo recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Krasnodar.
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 (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators. Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013. The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.