Location: Etihad Stadium
Date: 6th December 2016
Live on BT Sport Europe
Brendan Rodgers has transformed Celtic’s fortunes in a short space of time.
But an alchemist needs the right base metals to complete the ultimate transformation. Even though Rodgers has brought a new shine to the elements at his disposal he will need to venture down the mines before he strikes gold.
Gold for Celtic is the latter stages of the Champions League. That won’t happen this season. There is nothing but pride to play for in the final game against Man City. Although pride has been their motivation since the day of the draw.
Perhaps, in a way, it was actually a lucky draw for Rodgers. Coming up against Barca, City and Gladbach set the expectation levels at zero. Picking up a couple of points was always going to be a success.
The Hoops fans celebrated the points they did pick up like wins but rightly so. The draw against City came off the back of a 7-0 hammering in Barcelona. It also knocked City, who had won their first ten games scoring thirty goals, right out of their stride. They won just four of their next twelve matches.
Celtic’s subsequent draw at Gladbach was arguably a better result. Especially considering the defensive injury crisis they entered that game with. Despite the defeat to Barcelona last time out there is definite progression in Celtic’s performances
City have beaten both Gladbach and Barcelona here in the Champions League this season. Victories of that calibre are an ominous portent for any Celtic fans dreaming of a gold standard result. But there is one small thing in their favour.
The result is of little importance to Pep Guardiola and his players. They will finish second regardless and after a bruising encounter and result against Chelsea at the weekend he may choose to mix things up.
MAN CITY V CELTIC BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS BEST BETTING ODDS
Both teams to score has a chance but looks short at 1.73 (8/11) with 888Sport. If both teams do score the game looks unlikely to settle down at 1-1 or 2-1 to either side. Therefore it may be worth taking a chance on +3.5 goals at 2.23 (16/13) with 888Sport.
Accumulator backers may find reason to back Man City -1 Asian Handicap at 1.52 (13/25) also with 888Sport.
Legia Warsaw are the only side to concede more goals than Celtic in the UCL groups.
City have conceded more goals than any of the sides in second place.
Head To Head Stats
The first match at Celtic Park was an enthralling 3-3 draw.
@ 2.23 (16/13)
Scottish Football Tips Star Rating Explained
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