Celta Vigo knocked out the fancied Shakhtar in the last-32 stage and since then have eased past Krasnodar and Genk, with this competition seemingly their best opportunity of securing European qualification for next season as they’re down in 11th in La Liga having lost five of their last six matches. While Celta are losing in the league, Utd continue to draw and were far from impressive in the last two rounds of this competition against Rostov and Anderlecht, though they remain odds-on to lift the trophy.
Celta Vigo are W3-D2-L1 at home in the Europa League this term, keeping just one clean sheet across these, so they should provide Utd with plenty of chances. Indeed, they’re without a clean sheet in eight in all competitions at Balaidos so Utd may well net a crucial away goal, though taking a lead back to Old Trafford will be a significantly stiffer task: home teams have lost just two first legs of the last 28 Europa League semi-finals since 2002/03.
Utd were held to draws at both Rostov and Anderlecht and in fact have won just two of their last eight Europa League away games since the start of last season. If we go back a little further, the Red Devils are only W3-D5-L8 on their travels in Europe since 2013/14 and with Bailly and Shaw joining the already significant injury list at the weekend, we’re looking to take the Red Devils on. English teams have lost four of five trips to Spain in this competition since 2009/10 and that together with the strong record of hosts in semi-final first legs means that we’re siding with Celta Vigo Draw No Bet.
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