Genk v Celta Vigo
Thursday April 20, 20:05
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This tie is still in the balance after a thrilling 3-2 win for Celta in northern Spain. For the eighth Europa League away game in succession, the Belgian side scored twice, but it wasn't enough to prevent them from leaving Galicia with a first-leg deficit.

Celta have really caught the eye in this competition's knockout phase, especially away from home. They were 1-0 down from the home leg of their last-32 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, but still found a way to qualify, and they beat Krasnodar home and away in the last 16. A 3-0 win at Tony Adams' Granada with some key players rested was fine preparation for the trip to Belgium. Striker John Guidetti is expected to be fit for Thursday, while the likes of Iago Aspas and Pione Sisto should return.

Genk are a very dangerous team at the Londrinus Arena, and haven't lost on home soil since late January. In the Europa League they have won seven out of eight at home, drawing the other 1-1 against Gent in the last 16, when the tie had effectively already been won. This appears to be by far their biggest test though, and if Celta create a similar number of chances as in last week's first leg, that unbeaten home record for Genk is under threat.

Bearing mind that key players like winger Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) and midfielder Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester City) have now moved on, Genk have done really well to get to this stage of the competition. However, Celta have been excellent on the road in this competition since Christmas, and I just feel they have a little bit more quality than their Belgian rivals.

With Celta the slight outsiders here at 2.70, there's scope to back them Draw No Bet at 2.00.

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