Celtic Vs. Anderlecht
UEFA Champions League, Group B
Date: 5th December 2017
Time: 7:45 pm GMT
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic host Anderlecht in a final Champions League group game which infact is a decider for a place in Europa League’s knockout stage.
Match Preview: Celtic Vs. Anderlecht
Giving an end to their miserable Champions League campaign, Celtic and Anderlecht will play each other in the Celtic Park with a definite aim to continue their journey in Europe via Europa League. The host will be looking to avoid defeat, and the visitors with little hope will battle to record a must needed big-win in Celtic.
After hammering Motherwell in domestic football (in both Scottish League Cup final and Scottish Premiership), Celtic will now turn their head towards Champions League, and all they need to do is avoid a heavy defeat at home against the team they have already battered 0-3 away from home.
The Champions League will end for Celtic this Tuesday, PSG and Bayern Munich will advance to the knockout stage with 15 and twelve points respectively. Celtic has accumulated 3 points so far and mathematically they are already out from the competition. Brendan Rodgers’ team are leading the Scottish Premiership with a 7 point lead over their bitter rivals Rangers. Celtic have been amazing domestically, and it’s only the Champions League where they are struggling to fight their feet.
On the other hand, the away team, Anderlecht are struggling both in domestic football and in Europe. Drawn in the group with the likes of PSG and Bayern, it’s justifiable for Anderlecht to struggle in the Champions League, but they will be a bit upset that they have not been able to open their points account yet. But all this can go away if they manage to defeat Celtic on the final game with 3+ goal difference as they will advance to the Europa League with a better head-to-head superiority than Celtic.
The defending Belgian Champions have won all of their last three matches, and their latest outing in the Champions League saw them delivering a much-improved performance against the mighty Bayern where they still fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat. The goal scored against Bayern was their first in the competition this season, and it’s high time for them to find the net if they are to continue their journey in Europe.
Possible starting lineup: Celtic Vs. Anderlecht
Manchester City Loanee Patrick Roberts will miss the clash with injury while Right back Anthony Alston and Striker Moussa Dembele are doubts for Celtic. Brendan Rodgers is likely to field his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
Celtic’s possible starting lineup against Anderlecht
Defenders: Lustig(R), Simunovic(M), Boyata(M), Tierney(L)
Midfielders: Brown(DM), McGregor(DM), Forrest(R), Armstrong(AM), Sinclair(L)
Andy Najar and Emmanuel Adjei, both Right backs are sidelined due to injury and Anderlecht might struggle to fill the void. A 3-4-3 formation is expected form Hein Vanhaezebrouck against Celtic.
Defenders: Spajic(RCB), Deschacht(CB), Kara(LCB)
Midfielders: Appiah(R), Dendoncker(M), Kums(M), Trebel(L)
Forwards: Onyekuru(R), Hanni(M), Teodorczyk(L)
Prediction: Celtic Vs. Anderlecht
If Anderlecht mean business, then they will go with all guns blazing against Celtic. They have to attack and score goals which will leave Celtic with space, and the Scottish Champion can really hit hard on the break.
Also going through their previous encounter, Celtic seems heavy. So, our prediction, Celtic 2-1 Anderlecht.