Champions league match : Celtic vs Barcelona Preview,Prediction,Live stream-watch live,lineups
Celtic Park — Glasgow
Referee: B. Kuipers
November 7, 2012 2:45 PM EST
This time the Spanish giant travels to Scotland where Barcelona will play a “rematch” with the Scotland champion,Celtic.Barcelona currently is the first placed team in the group having all three victories and nine points.But things for the Spaniards haven’t gone so smooth as many have predicted because their last two victories they achieve with a lot of troubles.
Especially this was case in the last match exactly with the Scottish champion at Camp Nou,when they scored for victory in 94th minute.Celtic on the other hand is the second place team with one victory,one draw,and one defeat.
After their Champions league match,Barcelona enrolled three more victories,where the last one was against Celta Vigo at home 3-1,while Celtic only one in the league cup,while in the national league they have played two matches without a win.
Three times so far Barcelona played at “Celtic Park” and both match in the Champions League Barcelona players resolved in their favor, while in the only match in the Europa League, Celtic have won with 1:0.
Celtic is a one of positive surprises of Champions League so far, because in a very strong group where no one was given them any real chance to fight for one of the top two spots,for now they still holding that second position,and if they had a little more luck, they could have one point more.
In the last rounds match at Camp Nou trough Samaras they took the lead,and despite playing a lot defensively,they had a decent result until the end of the match,when Barcelona have scored a winning goal.
In the national league,they are not brilliant,although it was expected that they will walk trough the league after their biggest rivals Glasgow Rangers was relegated in the fourth division.
Maybe this was demotivating for them,because they are currently first, but with the same number of points as Hibernian.In any segment, they are not particularly dominant in the league, except for goals which they had scored away, while at home they had scored only six goals.
In the last match,they had a lead of 2-0 against Dundee but in the couple of last minute,they conceded two goals,and pull out only a draw.The match before it,playing at home,they lost over Kilmarnock 2-0.
Due to injuries out of the game came stopper Rogne and left back Izaguirr, and they are questionable for this match, while Samaras is out for this match.
Celtic probable lineup : Forster – Lustig, K.Wilson, Ambrose, Mulgrew – Wanyama, Brown, Ledley, Commons – Hooper, Miku.
Barcelona keeps things under control in all competitions, although not exactly brilliant in every game.In the Champions League have achieved all three wins, but have struggled in the two home matches against Spartak and especially against Celtic in the last round.
Of course, every game is dominated by Barca, but against the Spartak the defense have played poorly, so they concede two goals.Against Celtic,only by luck and Jordi Alba´s late goal they have won,while against Benfica in Lisbon they were completely dominated.
The next round of the Champions league stage is very close for them,while in the Spanish La Liga,they are holding the first place with 8 points gap in front of their biggest rivals Real Madrid.
The best news for coach Vilanova is the recovery of defender Pique who could play in this match.
Barcelona probable lineup : Victor Valdes – Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano – Busquets, Song – Xavi, Iniesta, Messi – Villa.
Match Prediction : It could happen,that Barcelona runs in a changed lineup, but still is a lot better than Celtic.The host at home will play differently,which would left more space to Barcelona players.Barcelona to win.