Celtic vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League – Group C
Date: Wednesday, 28th September, 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK.
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Celtic host Manchester city in a United Kingdom battle for league Supremacy.
Celtic suffered a heavy defeat in their first champion’s league game of the season. The hoops received a 7-0 thrashing from the hands of 5 time UCL winner ‘Barcelona”. However, Celtic as a good record against home sides at home, winning 4 of their last 7 home meetings with English sides.
Manchester City started their 2016/2017 season with 6-0 triumph over Steaua Bucuresti in the pre-group qualification phase. In addition, the Blue went on to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach in the first group stage. Pep tutored side have failed to taste defeat and even draw in all their competitive games this season.
- Celtic currently maintains 3 games unbeaten run. The hoops currently enjoy 7 consecutive win in their last 7 home games in all competition.
- Manchester city maintains 10 games unbeaten run. The blues also enjoy 5 consecutive win in 5 their last 5 away games in all competition.
Celtic: Team News
Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of Scottish Midfielder “Mackay-Steven” due to ankle injury. However, Jozo Simunovic will also be making is Champions league appearance after a long lay injury lay off.
Celtic: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
De Vries: Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Tierney: Brown, Bitton- Sinclair, Rogic, Forrest: Dembele
Manchester City Team News
Pep will be without the service of Vincent Kompany, and Kevin De Bruyne. Both Belgians are nursing a muscle injury and will be unavailable for the team visit to Scotland.
Manchester City: Predicted Line-Up (4-1-4-1)
Bravo: Kolarov, Otamendi, Stones, Sagna: Fernandinho- Navas, Silva, Gundogan, Sterling: Aguero
Celtic vs Manchester City: Head to Head
Both side meet for a pre-season game in 2009. Manchester city won the clash with a 2-1 score line. Aside this, Celtic and Manchester city have not met in any competitive game.
Moreover, Celtic have European competition record with English side compared to Manchester city. Celtic has won 4 of their last 7 encounter with an English team in Europe. While Manchester encounter with Celtic on Wednesday will be their first competitive meeting with a Scottish club.
Celtic vs Manchester City: Prediction
Looking at both side form going into this encounter, it will be okay to say the blue will nick this one. However, Celtic is in search of redemption after their shameful show in Spain. Therefore, expect them to put up a much better fight on Wednesday’s Champion League fixtures against the Citizens.
However, I see both teams getting on the score sheet at least once. Also expect an electrifying start to the match and we can expect 2 goals inside the first 45 minutes itself.
Celtic vs Manchester City: Tips
Over 1.5 goals in First Half at 2.20 (6/5)
Handicap Result Celtic +2 goals at 1.83 (5/6).