Neil Lennon’s men lost the reverse fixture against their Spanish opponents 2-0, but the in-form SPL side will be desperate for victory ahead of a troublesome game away to Udinese
Cha Du-Ri, Majstorovic, Loovens, Matthews Kayal, Wanyama, McCourt
Samaras, Stokes, Hooper
Perea, Miranda, Dominguez, Filipe
Mario Suarez, Gabi
Arda, Diego, Reyes
Atletico Madrid will likely start without their star striker Radamel Falcao, who strained the abductor muscle in his left leg on Colombian international duty. However, after missing out entirely in their La Liga tie with Real Madrid on Sunday, the former Porto forward could make an appearance off the bench is deemed fit to play. On the other hand, Tiago Mendes, Eduardo Silvio and captain Antonio Lopez are definitely ruled out of the match at Celtic Park. Manager, Gregorio Manzano, will be aware of the larger threat the SPL side pose at their home ground despite beating them in Spain. Teenage goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, could be dropped by the former Sevilla boss having been red carded in Sunday's game with Jose Mourinho's men, which would see 22-year-old shot-stopper Sergio Asenjo given a chance between the sticks.
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- Atletico Madrid won the reverse tie in September 2-0. It was the first game of the group stage for both sides, with the Hoops not having lost in the tournament since.
- Celtic sit third in Group I with five points, below Wednesday’s Spanish opposition and Italian club Udinese, who both have seven points from four games.
- The La Liga club lost on Sunday 4-1 to their local rivals Real Madrid. Atletico took a surprise lead through Adrian but were eventually swept aside by Jose Mourinho’s team.
- SPL striker Gary Hooper (pictured right) has scored six times in the last five games for the Glaswegian club.
- The Spanish side, currently lying 11th in La Liga, beat Premier League club Fulham to take the 2009-10 Europa League crown.
- Celtic are on a run of five straight victories in all competitions. However, they have only collected one win in Europe this campaign, which came in their last match at home to France club Rennes.
- Atletico Madrid have the 19th worst away record in the Spanish top flight this season – they have won none, drawn one and lost five on their travels.
- The last time the Hoops lost was three days after their defeat against Manzano’s side, on September 18 against bitter rivals Rangers.
- In the Europa League, both clubs have an identical away record having both lost 2-0 and drawn 1-1 respectively.