Spanish side Celta Vigo will tonight host English giants Manchester United at Estadio de Balaidos for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final match.Tonight’s meeting is the first time ever the side sides have met in an UEFA competition. This meeting is very crucial to both sides as they hope to advance to the final for the first time.
In a pre-match media briefing, Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo, said his men would have to stick to the identity of the Cetla team to beat Manchester United.
“Manchester United are one of the biggest teams around and the only way to beat them is to stick to our identity and play with our hearts. We have to be true to ourselves.”- he said
He further added that the ability of his side to play at an incredible speed will help them in achieving their desired results
“My players have matured at incredible speed and tomorrow they’ll be very confident in themselves. This is the game every Celta fan wants to see.” – he added.
The team will be without Rossi and Planas due to knee injuries.
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has also, at a pre-match media briefing, express his anticipation to lead the club win the Europa League for the first time.
“I don’t think too much about the [potential] achievement. I know it’s the only competition that Manchester United as a club have never won. It would be great to close the circle and say “we are a club that has won every competition in the football world”. With so many [injury problems] it would be a good achievement for us as a team and would allow us back into the Champions League next season.” – he said
Luke Shaw has been ruled out of tonight’s game due an an ankle injury. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Rojo are also expected to be out of today’s game due to knee injuries.
Pogba, Mata, Bailly, Jones and Smalling are all available for selection in tonight’s game.
Celta Vigo Team Form
After 34 games, Celta Vigo are placed 11th on their domestic league table with 44 points. The only way they can secure a place in the next season of Champions League is to win the Europa League as they are far securing an Europa League qualification.
In their last five games, Celta has secured a win, three loses and a draw.
Manchester United Team Form
Manchester United is currently placed 5th on their domestic league table with 64 points after 34 games. They look forward to making the top four to secure a place in the next season of the Champions League.
In their last five games, in all competitions, United has won 3, the other two resulting in a tie. The team is unbeaten in the last 11 games.
Celta Vigo (4-3-3): Sergio Álvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny; Radoja, Pablo Hernández; Aspas, Wass, Sisto; Guidetti.
Manchester United (4-3-3): Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Darmian, Young; Pogba, Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial
Kick off: 19:05GMT
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Balaidos
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
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BETTING & GAME ODDS according to Goal
Jose Mourinho’s men are slight favorites to claim a first leg win in Vigo with dabblebet offering them at 8/5 (2.60), yet Mourinho will know just how tough a place the Estadio Balaidos can be for fancied visitors.
Celta are a side that can be supremely exciting going forward, yet at the back they remain extremely susceptible and United may feel that they are more than capable of claiming an away goal even accounting for the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The price of 9/5 (2.80) for a home win, however, looks to offer some value and perhaps the hosts have been underestimated a little by the bookmakers.
What also looks tremendous value is over 2.5 goals at 11/8 (2.38) with matches involving Celta generally seeing plenty of goals. In La Liga, their games average 3.12 goals, while defensively they have the fifth worst home defensive record in the division