An absolute cracking David and Goliath match up with this one.
Celta Vigo have defied many haters and made it to the Semi Final Stage of the Europa League (EL). What do they get for their efforts? A clash with English giants Manchester United of course.
Celta have been on fire in the EL. The Spanish side has gone undefeated in their last 5 EL games! What could be better than that? Well Manchester United has gone undefeated in their last 8 EL games. Classic Goliath always trying to one up David.
Ex Liverpool misfit Iago Aspas has had a belter of a season. He has popped in 5 goals for Celta in the EL campaign on par with Ibrahimovic’s haul for the Red Devils.
Interestingly enough, the next most effective Celta goal scorer is another EPL outcast in John Guidetti formerly of Manchester City.
Manchester United is coming into this one with the real possibility that no senior Centre Backs are available. Eric Bailly limped off during the 1-1 draw against Swansea. With Rojo, Smalling and Jones sidelined, the Centre Back pairing may end up being Darmian and Blind.
Mata and Pogba are under injury clouds for this match.
Manchester United have played well in the competition thus far but with real health concerns facing them, this is the exact opportunity Celta could capitalize upon.
The odds are a fair reflection of what lies ahead. Celta are only slight underdogs in this one. Surprising considering the difference between the two clubs.
Nevertheless, there’s always value to be found, if you know where to look.
Both teams to score: No
Anytime goal scorer: Iago Aspas
Value bet: Celta Vigo to come from behind and Draw
By Nik Hatzi