Celta Vigo vs Shakhtar Donetsk Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Celta Vigo vs Shakhtar Donetsk Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Shakhtar Donetsk travel to the Estado de Balaidos to take on Celta Vigo on Thursday evening, with both sides looking for a positive result in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. Celta Vigo suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat on the road at Atletico Madrid last time out in La Liga despite having had the lead twice thanks to goals from Gustavo Daniel Cabral and John Guidetti. On the flip side, this will be Shakhtar Donetsk’s first competitive game of 2017, but they looked very strong in the first half of their Pari-Match League campaign. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Celta Vigo Preview

Celta Vigo made a strong start into this 2017, but their form over the past three weeks has been terrible. Celta have only won once in their last six games across all competitions, and come into this clash on the back of two consecutive defeats. During this poor run of form, Celta Vigo were knocked out from the Copa del Rey following a 1-0 defeat on aggregate at the hands of Alaves. Furthermore, Celta were beaten 3-2 on the road at Atletico Madrid in La Liga this weekend despite having had the lead twice. Os Celestes currently sit only in 10th position in the league table with 30 points under their belts after 21 rounds, six points of the top six. Celta Vigo have struggled to keep the ball out of their own net throughout this LaLiga campaign, as they have one of the leakiest defences in the division with 37 goals conceded in 21 rounds. Regarding their Europa League group stage campaign, Celta Vigo finished second in the group G table with 9 points after six rounds, losing just once from their six group outings. They were on a three-game winless streak in the Europa League prior to their 0-2 win over Panathinaikos in their most recent European fixture. The good news is that the Spaniards are unbeaten in three home fixtures in the Europa League this season and scored at least once in each of these.

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Shakhtar Donetsk Preview

Shakhtar Donetsk were knocked-out from the Champions League qualifiers following a 3-2 defeat on aggregate at the hands of Young Boys back in August 2016. However, they moved over in style and come into this tie on the back of a 25-game unbeaten run across all competitions. They managed an impressive tally of 23 victories during this run and they also looked decent throughout the winter break. The Ukrainians have won four of their six friendlies during the winter break, scoring at least two goals in each of these. Shakhtar Donetsk have been impeccable throughout their Pari-Match League campaign, having won 16 and drawn two of their opening 18 league outings. They sit comfortable on top of the league table with 50 points to their name after 18 rounds, 13 points clear off the 2nd-placed and eternal rivals, Dynamo Kiev. Regarding their Europa League campaign, Shakhtar are the only team to win all six of their group stage outings and ended with an amazing 16+ goal difference, seven more than any other side. Actually, Shakhtar Donetsk are currently on a eight-game European winning run and managed to score nine goals in their two most recent away fixtures. They have won the last four Europa League away games since a 3-1 defeat on the road at Sevilla back in May 2016.

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Celta Vigo Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Celta Vigo ahead of this clash, but Nemanja Radoja is one yellow card away from suspension.

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News

Taras Stepanenko is out through suspension and he is the only absentee for Shakhtar ahead of this trip.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Shakhtar Donetsk are undefeated in 25 competitive fixtures, but Celta Vigo have been impeccable on home soil over the past two months. Both sides looked impressive going forward throughout their domestic competitions, but Celta have struggled to keep the ball out of their own net recently. I’m backing both sides to get on the scoresheet, but I think that Shakhtar will grab all three points in this one.

Both teams to score - Yes at 4/5

Shakhtar Donetsk Draw No Bet at 5/6

Celta Vigo saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Celta Vigo have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk scored over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Shakhtar Donetsk have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against Celta Vigo

AVG Goals

2.6

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Celta Vigo Form Guide

Celta Vigo Team Logo

Celta Vigo

Won

2

Draw

5

Lost

3
D H

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Cordoba Team Logo Cordoba

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

27-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Braga Team Logo Braga

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

01-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

L H

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Mainz 05 Team Logo Mainz 05

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

18-08-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

27-08-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

01-09-2018

Primera Division

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

17-09-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

22-09-2018

Primera Division

Real Valladolid Team Logo Real Valladolid

FT 3 - 3

(HT 2 - 1)

Shakhtar Donetsk Form Guide

Shakhtar Donetsk Team Logo

Shakhtar Donetsk

Won

7

Draw

1

Lost

2
L H

21-07-2018

Super Cup

Dynamo Kyiv Team Logo Dynamo Kyiv

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

25-07-2018

Premier League

Desna Team Logo Desna

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

29-07-2018

Premier League

Arsenal Kyiv Team Logo Arsenal Kyiv

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

03-08-2018

Premier League

Dynamo Kyiv Team Logo Dynamo Kyiv

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Premier League

Vorskla Team Logo Vorskla

FT 4 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

18-08-2018

Premier League

FC Lviv Team Logo FC Lviv

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

24-08-2018

Premier League

Olimpik Donetsk Team Logo Olimpik Donetsk

FT 2 - 5

(HT 1 - 4)

W H

01-09-2018

Premier League

Mariupol Team Logo Mariupol

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

15-09-2018

Premier League

FC Olexandria Team Logo FC Olexandria

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

19-09-2018

Champions League Grp. F

Hoffenheim Team Logo Hoffenheim

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

Celta Vigo Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Shakhtar Donetsk Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Celta Vigo vs Shakhtar Donetsk Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sergio Alvarez 179 75
19 LB Jonny 175 70
24 CD Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia 179 76
22 CD Gustavo Cabral 182 81
2 RB Hugo Mallo 174 75
18 CM Daniel Wass 181 74
6 CM Nemanja Radoja 186 77
8 CM Pablo Hernandez 185 81
10 LF Iago Aspas 176 67
7 RF Theo Bongonda 177 70
9 CF John Guidetti 185 79
No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Andriy Pyatov 190 84
33 LB Darijo Srna 178 78
18 CD Ivan Ordec 191 82
44 CD Yaroslav Rakitskiy 180 70
31 RB Ismaily 176 78
28 RM Taison 172 64
11 LM Marlos 174 70
9 AM Dentinho 175 72
8 CM Fred 169 62
17 CM Maksym Malyshev 181 -
99 CF Gustavo Blanco 191 85