Celtic vs Spartak Moscow Preview Dec. 5

by Punter's Hero on December 5, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Scottish champions Celtic will be attempting to reach the second round of the Champions League on Wed. Dec. 5 when they host Russian club Spartak Moscow at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Celtic sits in second place in Group G with seven points from two wins, a draw and two losses and is level with Portuguese club Benfica. Barcelona leads the group with 12 points while Spartak Moscow takes up the cellar with three points and will remain there no matter what happens in this game.

Celtic needs to finish ahead of Benfica to advance and luckily for them are playing the last-place team in the group as Spartak Moscow really doesn’t have anything to play for other than pride. Celtic manager Neil Lennon will have to play without the services of Scott Brown as he has a hip problem and Victor Wanyama is under suspension. Celtic could have wrapped up a spot in the second round earlier but was beaten 2-1 by Benfica in their last outing.

Spartak Moscow boss Valeri Karpin wasn’t happy with his team in their last contest as they were beaten at home 4-2 by Zenit St Petersburg. He will likely make several changes to his lineup and ex Celtic star Aiden McGeady may start against his former club. Celtic is leading the Scottish league, which isn’t uncommon since their arch enemy Rangers have been relegated to the third division. The Glasgow giants have 28 points from a possible 45 in 15 games. However, they’re not having a dominant season in their domestic league.

Celtic usually doesn’t advance past the first round of the Champions League so they should be very hungry and motivated for this match. Of course, their 2-1 win over Barcelona was a surprise to many and those three points are what have vaulted the club into this position. They are famous for winning the European Cup all the way back in 1967 when they edged Italian club Inter Milan 2-1 during the cup final in Lisbon.

Spartak Moscow has played 18 league matches so far in Russia and is sitting in eighth place in the table. They have earned 29 points so far out of a possible 54. When the two clubs meat earlier in the Champions League season Celtic came away with a 3-2 win in Moscow. In their last five champions League matches Celtic has two wins, a draw and two losses while Spartak Moscow has just one win, one draw and three losses.

Betting Predictions and Odds

With Celtic being so close to the next stage they should be determined to beat the Russian club in front of the Scottish fans. However, they’re going to have to make sure they don’t take Spartak too lightly. The Moscow players don’t have any pressure on them and could be loose and relaxed. However, look for Celtic to come out of this game with a win or draw and hope that Benfica falters against Barcelona.

Bet365.com has the latest odds on the match at 8/15 for a Celtic win and 5/1 for a Spartak Moscow victory with a draw at 3/1.

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