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Rosenborg vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

17:55 BST 02/08/2017
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The Scottish champions were held scoreless on their own patch last week but they will be keen to finish the job in Norway and progress

Celtic will look to ensure their place in the Champions League play-off when they take on Rosenborg in the second leg of the third qualifying round on Wednesday.

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Brendan Rodgers' side failed to make home advantage count in the first leg against the Norwegian champions, drawing 0-0 at Celtic Park, but they know that they can prosper from the away goals rule in Trondheim.

The winner of the tie will move one step closer to the Champions League group stage, with the draw for the play-off round taking place two days after the match on August 4.

Game Rosenborg vs Celtic
Date Wednesday, August 2
Time 19:45 BST


In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on Premier Sports and by stream via the Premier Player. Viewers in Ireland can tune in to eirSport 2.

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Position Celtic players
Goalkeepers Gordon, de Vries
Defenders Lustig, Tierney, Simunovic, Ajer, Boyata, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre, Gamboa
Midfielders Brown, Armstrong, Forrest, Sinclair, Hayes, Ntcham, McGregor, Kouassi, Cifti
Forwards Rogic, Griffiths, Benyu, Dembele

Celtic were without two of their most important attacking players for the first leg as Leigh Griffiths was suspended and Moussa Dembele was ruled out by injury.

Dembele is expected to be out of action for another few weeks, but Rodgers is hopeful that the returning Griffiths will be able to shake off a calf issue in order to play.

Interestingly, out-of-favour forward Nadir Cifti featured in Celtic's 5-0 friendly win over Sunderland, suggesting that he may be involved in some way against Rosenborg.

Dedryk Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are injured, so teenager Kristoffer Ajer should continue in the heart of defence alongside Jozo Simunovic.

Potential starting XI:  Gordon; Lustig, Tierney, Simunovic, Ajer; Brown, Armstrong, Forrest, Sinclair, Hayes; Rogic

Position Rosenborg players
Goalkeepers Hansen, Ostbo
Defenders Hedenstad, Meling, Skjelvik, Reginiussen, Rasmussen, Bjordal, Gersbach
Midfielders Midtsjo, Konradsen, Jensen, de Lanlay, Jevtovic, Lundemo
Forwards Bendtner, Vilhjalmsson, Bakenga, Helland, Rashani

Tore Reginiussen was replaced due to injury in the first leg, with Johan Bjordal taking his place, but the defender is hopeful he will be ready for the game at Lerkendal.

Morten Agnus Konradsen, brother of Rosenborg midfielder Anders Konradsen, is close to completing a move to the club from Bodo/Glimt, but is unlikely to be involved on Wednesday.

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One player Celtic will have to keep a close eye on is former Arsenal and Wolfsburg striker Nicklas Bendtner, who has six goals to his name in 12 league appearances this season.

Potential starting XI:  Hansen; Hedenstad, Meling, Skjelvik, Bjordal; Midtsjo, Konradsen, Jensen; de Lanlay, Jevtovic, Bendtner


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Celtic are 6/4 favourites to win the game, according to dabblebet, with Rosenborg considered 15/8 to beat the Scottish champions in Norway. A draw is available at the odds of 9/4.


Rodgers admitted his frustration at failing to find the back of the net at Celtic Park, but the Bhoys boss was pleased that his team did not concede an away goal, meaning that they will have a pyschogical edge over Rosenborg in Trondheim.

"It was a little bit frustrating that we couldn’t get the win but 0-0 is never a bad result in Europe," the Celtic boss said. "What is important is that if you can’t score, you don’t concede."

As a result, there will be extra pressure on the hosts to keep Celtic at bay, since they know that one Hoops goal will put them firmly on the back foot, and Rodgers will be keen to exploit that scenario.

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The Scottish champions, who are still building up match fitness, showed that they have an eye for goal by putting six goals past Linfield in the last round, with the likes of Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic opening their competitive accounts. With Dembele and potentially Griffiths out, Rodgers will be demanding more of them in Norway.

New signings Olivier Ntcham, Jonny Hayes and Kundai Benyu have added a greater degree of depth to the Celtic squad this term, and they look much more cohesive as a team than they did at the same stage last season.

Reaching the group stage of the Champions League for the second season in succession would be a massive boost for Celtic as they look to grow under the stewardship of Rodgers, but a win over Rosenborg will also ensure their place in the Europa League group stage at the very least.