Celta Vigo vs Genk
UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
Date: Thursday, 13th April 2017
Kick-off at 20:05 UK / 21:05 CET
Venue: Estadio de Balaidos (Vigo).
It is a clash between two teams eyeing their first ever semi-final in a UEFA competition as Celta Vigo welcome Genk to the Balaidos on Thursday evening.
The Spanish team registered a remarkable comeback win against a free scoring Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 32 before winning both legs against Russian outfit Krasnodar in the round of 16 to make it three wins in a row. They struggled in the group stages with 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat.
Celta’s previous appearance in the quarter finals of a UEFA tournament was in 2000/01 and were eliminated by domestic rivals FC Barcelona.
On the other hand, Genk eliminated domestic rivals Gent in the round of 16 of the competition. The tie was decided in the first leg as they grabbed a 5-2 win before finishing off with a 1-1 draw at home. It has been long journey for the Belgians as they started the campaign from the Second qualifying round. The 16 matches in the competition saw 11 wins 3 draws and 2 losses.
Celta Vigo vs Genk: Head-to-head
This is the first head-to-head meeting between the two sides in a UEFA branded competition.
Both teams met opponents from each other’s domestic league during this season’s group phase. Genk won 2-0 at home against Atletico Bilbao before losing the away leg by a 5-3 margin. While Celta were grouped together with Standard Ligue and settled for 1-1 draw in both legs.
Celta Vigo are unbeaten against Belgian clubs with 4 wins and 2 draws form 6 matches. At home, they have 1 win and 2 draws from 3 matches.
Meanwhile Genk have a poor record against La Liga sides after managing 1 win from 8 matches so far, drew 4 and lost 3. They are win-less in away trips to Spain with 1 draw and 3 losses from 4 matches.
Celta Vigo vs Genk: Prediction
The form is on the side of Racing Club Genk. They are coming on the back of a 6-match unbeaten record with 5 wins and 1 draw. In the Europa League, Genk scored 18 goals from their last 7 away games, average of 2.5 per game. Celta are on an inconsistent run of form since their win over FC Krasnodar in the round of 16. Also, they are coming on the back of consecutive defeats and we must expect a very open game on Thursday night.
Celta Vigo vs Genk: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.86 with Unibet
Double Chance – Draw or Genk at 2.45.