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UEFA Champions League

  • December 5, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Celtic Park, Glasgow
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 59168
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Champions League Preview: Celtic - Spartak Moscow

The Scottish giant came close to securing a spot in the last 16 before losing in Portugal but will be hopeful of getting a result against an opponent which is already out.

  PROBABLE LINEUP
CELTIC

Forster
Matthews, Ambrose, Wilson, Lustig
Ledley, Kayal, Commons, Mulgrew
Samaras, Hooper
SPARTAK MOSCOW

Dykan
Insaurralde, Suchy, Pareja, Kombarov
Carioca, De Zeeuw
McGeady, Kallstrom, Jurado
Emenike

Celtic is currently without Scott Brown, who is sidelined with a hip injury. Victor Wanyama is also unavailable through suspension after picking up a yellow card in the recent 2-1 loss to Benfica.

As for the visitors, Valeri Karpin is likely to freshen up the side from the starting XI that lost 4-2 at home to Zenit St Petersburg in its last match. Juan Manuel Insaurralde and ex-Celtic man Aiden McGeady were both used substitutes in that match and could start.

Demy de Zeeuw may also come in, possibly as an extra midfielder in place of one of their two strikers - Artem Dzyuba and Emmauel Emenike, with the Nigerian most likely to keep his place given his excellent scoring record in the competition so far.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Celtic is currently top of the SPL having taken 28 points from 15 matches.

  • The Scottish giant's last three Champions League games have finished 2-1 - a win and loss against Barcelona, and a defeat in its last match against Benfica.
  • The host won this competition back in 1967, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in the final in Lisbon.

  • Spartak Moscow currently sits eighth in the Russian Premier League table, having taken 29 points from 18 matches.

  • Emmanel Emenike (pictured right) has an impressive goalscoring record in this season’s Champions League, having netted three goals in his five appearances.

  • Ex-Valencia boss Unai Emery lasted six months at the club before his recent axing following a poor run of results.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Celtic

Spartak Moskva

Wins
3
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Celtic FC CEL
Celtic FC Celtic
Draw
FK Spartak Moskva SPM
FK Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Celtic FC CEL
2 - 1
FK Spartak Moskva SPM
Celtic FC CEL
2 - 0
FK Spartak Moskva SPM
Celtic FC CEL
3 - 1
FK Spartak Moskva SPM

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