Cologne will be mighty disappointed by their recent performances that saw them occupy Europa League spots and have now slipped down to 8th spot in the table, 3 points behind Bremen who occupy the last Europa League spot. Cologne have infant now won a game since a month now, losing to Gladbach and Augsburg while drawing with Hoffenheim and Dortmund, which is the main reason for setting them back. Defensively they have been quite poor conceding in 11 out of their last 13 games in the Bundesliga while also conceding in 5 out of the last 6 encounters at home. Cologne however still boast a great attacking threat in Modeste who has scored 23 goals in 31 games. His struggle to score over the last 3 games has been a major factor on their poor showing, so they will definitely need him to step up in the coming encounter. The supporting cast of Osako, Rudnevs, Jojic and Zoller have to definitely lend a helping hand.
Celta Vigo have only one focus this season with safety guaranteed for them in La Liga and that is winning the UEFA Europa League with the aim of qualifying for the Champions League. Celta Vigo come into this game boasting a strong bunch of young talent including the likes of Aspas (5 goals, 2 assists), Guidetti (4 goals, 2 assists) and Daniel Wass (2 goals, 1 assist) who have been leading their line to a string o strong performances. Celta Vigo had been doing well in the league but decided to put in full efforts in this competition once their safety was guaranteed. Celta Vigo have been dangerous at home scoring in 5 out of their 6 Europa League games, with only a loss to Shakhtar 1-0 stopped them from scoring. Their manager has developed them into a strong counter attacking side which has shown to help them score against many oppositions including their 4-3 win over Barcelona earlier in the season. Celta Vigo’s defense has been quite shaky conceding in 7 out of their last 8 contests against all opposition. Celta Vigo have one strong advantage coming into this game is that a lot of their starting XI have been quite well rested ahead of this game.