Our football match prediction:
Over the years La Liga sides have established themselves as the dominant forces in the Europa League. Sevilla won last three editions of the Europa League, but, as things stand now, fellow Spaniards Celta Vigo are likely to suffer elimination in the last 32 of the European competition. Os Celeste were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk at their Estadio de Balaidos in the first leg (0-1), meaning that they face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against the Ukrainian club. The Miners have been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League this term and we predict that they will keep their 100% record intact. You should bear in mind that Shakhtar Donestk managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their three group games against the likes of Sporting Braga, Gent and Konyaspor. Gustavo Blanco scored the winner in the first leg and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in the return leg.
Highlighted Player (Yaroslav Rakitskiy):
Yaroslav Rakitskiy is a professional footballer who was born on 3 August, 1989. Rakitskiy made his Shakhtar Donetsk debut on 31 August, 2009 in a 3-1 win over Zorya. It has to be noted that he came as a substitute in the second half of the match. The Ukrainian footballer who plays as both centre and a left back, made 24 league appearances for the club in the 2009/2010 season and he has been playing for the Miners ever since. Rakitskiy made his Ukraine debut on 10 October, 2009 in a 1-0 win over England in a World Cup qualifying match. Just four days later he scored his first goal for the Ukrainian national team, finding the net in a thrilling 6-0 victory over Andorra. Yaroslav made two appearances for Ukraine at the 2016 European Championship finals in France, in the opener against Germany (0-2) and in a 2-0 loss to Northern Ireland. His contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Celta de Vigo):
Celta de Vigo is a Spanish football club from Vigo in the Galicia region. The club was founded in 1923 after a fusion between Real Club Fortuna de Vigo and Real Vigo Sporting. From 1997 until 2003 Celta de Vigo managed to become a strong team in the Primera Division. Highlight was season 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the knock out stage of the Champions League but in the same season the team got downgraded to the Segunda Division.Celta de Vigo hosts it’s home games in the Estadio Balaidos stadium which holds a capacity of 31 8000 seats. The club colors of Celta de Vigo are baby blue and white. The club is known by the nickname Celtinas and their biggest rival is Deportivo la Coruna which is from the same region as Celta de Vigo. The biggest achievement of Celta de Vigo is winning the Intertoto cup in 2000 and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey in 1948, 1994 and 2001. Known players that wore the Celta de Vigo jersey are Jordi Cruyff, Diego Costa, Sasa Illic, Makelele, Nene and Sylvinho.