Real Madrid and Celtic face off on Wednesday in a Group F UEFA Champions League showdown at Santiago Bernabéu.
When these two teams faced off on September 6th it was Real Madrid that secured the 3-0 victory. All three goals for Real Madrid were scored after the 56th minute. Real Madrid had 65 percent of the possession and six shots on target. Celtic had 35 percent of the possession and four shots on target.
Real Madrid comes into this game sitting 1st place in the group having picked up 10 points. Last Tuesday, Real Madrid faced off against RB Leipzig, and they were defeated 3-2. They fell behind 2-0 and one of the goals for Real Madrid was scored in the 94th minute. Real Madrid had 57 percent of the possession and six shots on target. On Sunday, Real Madrid faced off against Girona and that game ended in a 1-1 draw. Karim Benzema is still dealing with fatigue, and he isn’t going to be able to go in this game. Eden Hazard might move into the starting lineup in this game.
On the other side of this matchup is the Celtic who sit in 4th place in the group having picked up two points. On Tuesday, they faced off against Shakhtar Donetsk, and that game ended in a 1-1 draw. On Sunday, they faced off against Livingston, and Celtic secured the 3-0 victory. Celtic had 76 percent of the possession and shots on target. Callum McGregor is dealing with a knee injury, and he’s not going to be able to go in this game. Carl Starfelt could be able to come off the bench here as he works his way back from injury.
Real Madrid still has something to play for in this game and I expect they are going to find success in this game. Look for Real Madrid to get the offense going early, and this should be a pretty easy victory. I expect Real Madrid to score at least three goals here. Back Real Madrid -1.5 to cash.