Genk vs Celta Vigo
UEFA Europa League Quarter-final, Game 2
Today, 21:05 (CET)
If the second leg of this Europa League quarter-final between Genk and Celta Vigo is as half as entertaining as the first, then anybody tuning in on TV is in for an absolute treat.
The Belgian side took a tenth-minute lead through Jean-Paul Boetius before being pegged back by goals from Celta’s Pione Sisto and Iago Aspas in the next ten minutes. John Guidetti added a third for the hosts just before half-time, and the tie looked all but over as a contest.
But an end-to-end second half could only produce one more goal, and that went to Genk courtesy of Thomas Buffel’s strike.
So, the state of play is that Celta Vigo hold a one-goal advantage but Genk have got those two away goals to work with. This tie could not be more fascinatingly poised!
1. The Bookies Choice
The bookmakers are sitting on the fence for this second leg, pricing Genk at 2.60, Celta Vigo at 2.70 and the draw at 3.75.
And, of course, there is the question of qualification for the semi-finals of the competition, and here the bookies are far more definite. They have Celta at a very short 1.50 to complete the job on Belgian soil, while Genk can be backed at a handsome 2.90 to upset the odds.
2. Genk vs Celta Vigo Betting Tips
Progress up until this point has been fairly straightforward for these two teams. Celta triumphed 4-1 on aggregate in the last 16 against Krasnodar; proving their excellence at counter attacking football by taking the away leg 2-0.
Genk, meanwhile, suffered the bizarre fate of being drawn against their near-namesake from Belgium, Gent, in the last 16. They produced a masterclass in away day football in the first leg, triumphing 5-2, before closing their opponents down at home and securing a 1-0 victory.
Both had shown vulnerabilities in the last 32, however. Celta had a hard draw in Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian side that usually plies their trade in the Champions League. The Spaniards got over the line by a 2-1 margin after extra time, but not before losing the away leg 0-1; if they do that against Genk, they will depart the competition.
The Belgians themselves only just squeaked through their round of 32 encounter after shipping two away goals to Astra Giurgiu in the first leg. They took the second 1-0 to go through by a 3-2 scoreline.
So how will this game go? Arguably, the ball is in Genk’s court. They know that if they can keep a clean sheet – and manage to find a goal themselves – then they will sail through to the semi-finals of the Europa League for the first time in their history.
Even if Celta score once it is not a disaster as the Belgians can still go through by winning 2-1.
Genk have been impressive at home in the Belgian Pro League (W10 D3 L2) and have kept ten clean sheets in their last 14 games; their price of 2.75 to win this game really is of interest.
Celta will be without frontman Giuseppe Rossi for this game after he suffered a knee ligament injury. Will that impact upon the Spaniards’ ability to score that all-important away goal?