The home side can keep the visitors at arms length and pick their moment to break.
Manchester United entertain Celta Vigo in a UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg clash at Old Trafford this Thursday night. Read the match predictions to find out why the betting tip is a victory for the Red Devils. Man Utd are in the driving seat after Marcus Rashford’s second-half free-kick secured a 0-1 victory in the first leg. Celta Vigo must now score to have any chance of making the final and will therefore be susceptible to counter-attacks.
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Man Utd fielded a weakened side in the 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Sunday and Jose Mourinho will restore a number of key players here. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic still injured, Marcus Rashford will lead the line, flanked by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard. Paul Pogba put in a midfield masterclass in Spain and will dictate the tempo in midfield. He could be joined by Marouane Fellaini who will serve a domestic suspension at the weekend, while Antonio Valencia will come back in at right-back.
Celta Vigo also took the option to rest their players and were beaten 3-0 away to Malaga last time out. Former Red Devil Giuseppe Rossi is injured and will not face his former club while there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Ruben Blanco. A similar starting XI to the first leg is anticipated from the visitors, with Iago Aspas the danger-man on the right-flank. £20 pays £31.40 on the Man Utd win at Betfred
Team Predictions Manchester United vs Celta Vigo
Man Utd 4-3-3 formation: Romero; Darmian, Blind, Bailly, Valencia; Pogba, Herrera, Fellaini; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lingard
Celta Vigo 4-2-3-1 formation: Alvarez; Jonny, Cabral, Roncaglia, Mallo; Radoja, Hernández; Sisto, Wass, Aspas; Guidetti
Manchester United vs Celta Vigo Betting Tips
- Man Utd have won 4 drawn 5 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Celta Vigo have won 2 drawn 1 and lost 7 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Man Utd have scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 0.6 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Celta Vigo have scored an average of 1.0 goals and conceded an average of 1.8 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 1 of Man Utd’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Celta Vigo’s previous 10 matches Back Under 2.5 Goals at Betfred
Manchester United vs Celta Vigo Prediction
Manchester United paid the price for resting players at Arsenal but that sacrifice could pay dividends in this match. Injuries have made juggling domestic and European responsibilities even more difficult for Jose Mourinho, yet his side have one foot in the final. The hosts are not likely to give much away and showed in the first leg that they can readily break down their opponents.
Celta Vigo have Alvarez to thank for keeping this tie alive after the stopper made three brilliant saves in the first half last week. The La Liga side are really struggling for form at the moment and arrive in Manchester on a run of five straight defeats. Having fashioned a few chances in the first leg, it’s not beyond them to score but opportunities will be limited at Old Trafford.
Man Utd haven’t tasted defeat in nine Europa League matches and can make it ten in a row here to book their place in the final. Celta Vigo are in bad form and have failed to find the back of the net in their last three matches. The home side can keep the visitors at arms length and pick their moment to break.
Free Betting Tips
MAN UTD at 4/7 with Betfred
UNDER 2.5 GOALS at Evs with Betfred
Correct Score Prediction
MAN UTD 2-0 at 7/1 with William Hill