Atlético Madrid vs Celtic recommended bets
Atlético Madrid vs Celtic match preview
These two clubs played out a frantic, frenetic, fierce 2-2 draw in Glasgow’s East End 13 days ago, so will it be more of the same as they reconvene in Spain’s capital.
Celtic led twice in that one, Kyōgo Furuhashi and Luis Palma both on target, but the Hoops were unable to pick up their first victory of the campaign.
Antoine Griezmann saw a spot-kick saved by Joe Hart, only to then prod home the rebound, before Álvaro Morata headed home a second, with Atleti holding on for a point, doing so after Rodrigo De Paul’s red card.
Los Colchoneros therefore remain unbeaten in this Champions League group, albeit they’ve been far from convincing.
Atleti also drew in Rome on matchday one, Lazio’s goalkeeper with a 96th minute equaliser, before fighting back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to beat Feyenoord at home.
Diego Simeone’s side are therefore second in Group E, one point below the Dutch side, desperate to win this one ahead of their visits to Rotterdam later this month.
While the home side are obviously strong favourites to win this one, a glimmer of hope for Celtic supporters is the fact that Atleti’s six-match winning streak in La Liga came to an end on Friday, beaten 2-1 by Las Palmas.
Back at home though, most would expect Atlético Madrid to get back to winning ways.
Celtic meantime are on the cusp of another early European elimination, with that draw a fortnight ago the first point they’ve managed to get on the board.
Brendan Rodgers’ side visit Stadio Olimpico next, before hosting Feyenoord in December, and it already looks a big ask for them to even finish third and transfer over to the Europa League.
The Bhoys did move eight points clear at the top of the Premiership on Saturday, hammering Ross County 3-0, with David Turnbull, Palma and James Forrest scoring in Dingwall.
This though is almost literally a completely different ball game, so can Celtic spring a massive surprise at Cívitas Metropolitano?
Atlético Madrid team news
Rodrigo De Paul’s red card at Parkhead means he is suspended, while Reinildo, Thomas Lemar, Samuel Lino and Memphis are all out injured.
Llorente or Saúl Ñíguez will come in for De Paul in midfield while, having been on the bench in the Canary Islands on Friday, José María Giménez, César Azpilicueta or Çağlar Söyüncü could return to the back-line.
In attack, Antoine Griezmann and Álvaro Morata were both on target in Glasgow, having now scored nine and ten goals respectively this season already.
Celtic team news
Liel Abada is out long-term, while Reo Hatate may not feature again until after Christmas, having hobbled off less than seven minutes into Atleti’s visit.
In his absence, David Turnbull will keep his place in midfield, having scored against both St Mirren and Ross County this week.
Korean duo Yang Hyun-jun and Oh Hyeon-gyu both started in Dingwall, but Luis Palma and Kyōgo Furuhashi will return to attack, the latter seeking to score in a third successive Champions League appearance.
Liam Scales will partner Cameron Carter-Vickers at the back, given that Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke are both injured.