Manchester City will take to the field against Celtic in a Champions League Group C game at Celtic Park in just a few hours. Although it’s a home game for the Scottish champions, it would take a huge performance to upset English giants Manchester City in their second Champions League group game this season.
City are sitting comfortably at the top of the EPL table with six straight wins, and a Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped City easily win against Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their opening Champions League game. While Celtic were annihilated by Barcelona in their opening game, letting in 7 goals to zip. A brutal reminder about the difference in quality between the different European football heavyweights.
With the talent that City has across the park and with the form they are in, it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see them put a few goals on Celtic on Wednesday afternoon. Even more so if Celtic happen to concede an early goal.
Sergio Aguero will look to add to his tally of Champions League goals. Raheem Sterling is also in good form, he credits his new work ethic for helping turn things around for him. His supply has been good and the team as a whole looks like they are playing with a lot of confidence.
On the injury front, Man City’s captain Kompany suffered a recent injury following an extended period on the sidelines, De Bruyne, Delph and Gunn will also miss the clash for Manchester City. It is not welcome news, but take a look at City’s depth. Defensively they will hardly miss a beat, and they have striking power all across the park.
Celtic will need to start the game with a high tempo and get themselves into the game if at all possible. Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair will be facing off against their former club. After the Barca beat down, the team must feel like they have something to prove against another formidable opponent, and will have to draw upon their good domestic league form.
This is easier said than done, though, because Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are flying at the moment – he has had 10 wins out of 10 starts in all competitions – most recently beating Swansea 3-1.
Celtic are typically good at home, but we expect that it will be 11 from 11 after the completion of Wednesday’s Champions League fixture, the men in blue are simply a few levels above Brendan Rodgers’ squad, so it should prove to be a mismatch.
Short betting prices aren’t that attractive but if you like easy money, bet on a Man City win at odds of 4/11 at Paddy Power. With that being said, we expect there to be quite a few goals, so you might want to throw another fiver on there being over 2.5 goals in this Champions League “Battle of Britain” clash at odds of 1/2 at Coral.