Celta Vigo vs Standard Liege by Jimeno
Celta started the Europa League campaign with two draws and a victory, but with the teams defeat away to Holland against Ajax in the fourth round, they are now sharing the second position with Standard Liege and are nowhere close sure participants of the knockout stage. Morever, the team needs a victory here in order to be sure and that's what they are aiming at for sure.
As for the Primera, Celta comes from a bit unexpected defeat away to Eibar last weekend, conceding the only goal in 9th minute via Rico, while the visiting players remained a bit better during the match, however without being concrete enough in attack. Moreover, they made the things worse towards the end of the game, since two players of theirs were red carded. After this defeat, Celta remains in the middle of the table with seventeen points earned, which is four less than Europa League placed Atletico Madrid. Forward Fabian Orellana (5/2) should be doubtful for this one with an ankle injury.
Standard Liege didn't have much of chances to progress further after three rounds played, but their victory on the road against Panathinaikos in the previous game played changed a lot for them. The game itself was quite slow one, but the visitors looked way more concrete in the second halftime and deservedly celebrated victory thanks two goals from Belfodil and Cisse.
As for the domestic league, team is nowhere close to their good old form, since the team currently stands only at nineth position with only twenty-two points earned out of fifteen matches. Moreover, they are having three defeats in last four rounds, coming from a 2:1 defeat away from home against KV Mechelen last weekend, even though they looked like a better opponent for the most of the game. Sa Orlando brought them into the lead in 26th minute, but lack of concentration towards the end of the first halftime, goal via Rits and at the beginning of the second half, via Verdier, cost them a lot this time. Standard should miss midfielder Mamadou Diarra (5/0) who probably will not be risked here due ankle injury.
Whenever one team scores, the game should be wide open. Celta remains a favorite and should get the victory here, but knowing that the Spanish side plays against Panathinaikos in the last round, players of Standard will need to attack here from the off and search for a three pointer. All the value is with the goals in my eyes.