Manchester City are set to take on Celtic in the UEFA Champions League last group game this Tuesday night, 06 December 2016 at the Etihad Stadium. Having already qualified for next round as runnersup, its more a dead rubber game for City and we can expect Pep Guardiola to make several changes in the starting lineup on Tuesday night. Tune in here for full match highlights and goals video.
Celtic were criticized heavily after their opening matchday defeat at Camp Nou where they were humbled 7-0. Brendan Rodgers however was upbeat about his team’s moral and is hoping for a better show at home against Manchester City who under Pep Guardiola still has a perfect record 2 months into the new season. Rodgers has only won one game in his 7 champions league outings which came as Liverpool manager two season’s ago. While Celtic are playing an English side for the third time having played Manchester United in 2006/07 and 2008/09 season.
Team News & Lineups: Manchester City are set to be without several first team players including Kevin De Bruyne and Kompany which means Nolito is set to start upfront alongside Sterling and Aguero. Celtic manager Rodgers has a full squad to choose from and we might see former City players Kolo Toure, Scot Sinclare and Patrick Roberts starting for homeside.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Wednesday night.
Match Predictions: 100% record for City in all competitions this season is incredible and it does not look like breaking anytime soon. Celtic were woeful against Barcelona and it was so evident they are not in the same league as most of the top European sides. Some of the best Celtic players are Premier League rejects and that goes to show how big a task Champions League football is for any scotish side. I am going with another comfortable win for City against Celtic.
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City Highlights
[ UEFA CHampions League 2016-17 ]
03′ 1 – 0 Moussa Dembele scored after a perfectly put together set-piece resulted in ball deflecting off Dembele in the back of the net. Absolute cracking start to the game by homeside.
12′ 1 – 1 Fernandinho scored with a scuffed shot after Kolarov’s shot fell in the path of Fernandinho who took a touch and scored with left footed shot.
20′ 2 – 1 (Own Goal) Raheem Sterling scored an own goal as Celtic took the lead for second time in the game.
28′ 2 – 2 Raheem Sterling made up for earlier error as Manchester City found a way back into the game.
47′ 3 – 2 Moussa Dembele put Celtic back in the lead just after the halftime.
55′ 3 – 3 Nolito scored on a rebound to make it 3-3 and this cracking of a game continue.