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Bet the Champions League: Celtic vs Barcelona

Written by Gaby Varji   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:30

Celtic vs Barcelona OddsBarcelona will play on Wednesday in the betting European Champions League in the Celtic field without one of its basic parts , Lionel Messi , who is injured and increases the long list of Catalan team absences .

Like last betting season, when the club lost 2-1 at Celtic Pack, the Catalan team has moved to Glasgow with a very limited effective defense , which has led to technical Tata Gerardo Martino , to call two players the subsidiary.

In the clash of last year, the Barca team arrived in Scotland depleted of troops , with Adriado injured groin problems , Carles Puyol with a dislocated shoulder , Eric Abidal 's illness and the good news to have recovered to a Gerard Pique injured for nearly fifty days. Piqué was on the bench , while the central pair was Javier Mascherano -Marc Bartra .

 

This time , the hole in the defensive axis is also notable for the casualties of Puyol and Mascherano , but the Catalans have this area well covered with Pique and Bastra than last year started the match at Celtic Park, and comes from League player two games with very good results .

But where the club may limp enough is on offense, where his highest regards , Lionel Messi , is not by muscle injury he suffered in the area of Almeria , and it will keep low between two and three weeks .

This lack force in attack solutions which must be gallons Neymar to lead a team that lost last year and suffered heavily due to the strength and success of the Scottish team .

This time , Sergio Busquets will play, not like last year which was suspended, and doubt whether the coach will put more muscle bet with Alex Song , or populate the midfield with players like Andres Iniesta , Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas .

Barca , League - leading level on 21 points with Atletico - , had a happy start to sell the Champions Ajax (4-0 ) , and hopes to maintain this level of success against Celtic , a team that last year defeated him in Glasgow (2-1 ) and at the Camp Nou was about to give the stroke , failing Jordi Alba scored in added time ( 2-1).

The Celtic striker confident Greek Georgios Samaras , who on Saturday signed a triplet in the Scottish Premier League , for a surprise against Barcelona .

The whole coaching the Northern Irishman Neil Lennon, used to grown in the major European events , is willing to repeat the victory at Celtic Park last season, when a goal by Argentine Leo Messi in the discount was not enough for Barca avoid defeat in Glasgow ( 2-1).

The Lennon come to the appointment a few days after thrashing at home to Kilmarnock modest (2-5 ) , his fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish league this season waged a close match with Inverness .

The Scot said after the meeting that the victory was " psychologically healthy" for your computer, it will give them " a great confidence to approach the game " against Barcelona .

The Scots, who will be without French defender Steven Mouyokolo , with a torn Achilles tendon , aim to repeat the ranking they achieved last season for the second round, a phase that also had reached in 2008 , when it was precisely the Barcelona who cut their way into the competition.

In his first contact with the Champions League this season, Lennon left the San Siro with a 2-0 forcing them to try to score some points with Barca , if they will not be taken down in the playoffs .

Posible Lineups:

Celtic: Forster , Matthews , Izaguirre , Ambrose , Van Dijk , Brown , Samaras , Commons , Mulgrew , Stokes and Pukki .

Barcelona : Valdés , Alves , Bartra , Piqué , Adriano , Xavi , Busquets , Iniesta , Cesc , Alexis and Neymar .

Referee: Stephane Lannoy ( Franica ) .

Time : 12:45 p . m . ( Costa Rica time )

Stadium : Celtic Park, Glasgow , Scotland. It has capacity for 60,300 fans.

Betting line at TopBet.eu is Celtics at 6, Draw 10/3 and Barcelona 4/9.

 
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