Borussia Monchengladbach have prolonged their hopes of reaching 1/8 finals of the UEFA Champions league thanks to a good performance at the Celtic Park and a 2-0 win against Celtic two weeks ago. The German side is currently placed third in the group C with 3 points, behind Barcelona (9pts) and Manchester City (4pts), while for Celtic this is the last chance to stay in the race for one of the first three places and continue their European Campaign.
Although they won their last match in the UEFA Champions league, Borussia performances in their recent fixtures are below all expectations as they started to drop points even at home. They are in the bottom half of the domestic competition – Bundesliga (11th place) and haven’t scored a goal in any of their last 4 league matches. Watching the domestic championship, Borussia is definitely in result crisis and desperately needs a victory in this match. Borussia coach could be in trouble due to injuries, considering that he might not be able to count on the injured: Andreas Christensen, Thorgan Hazard, Raffael, Marvin Schulz and Ibrahima Traore.
Celtic is the exact opposite of Borussia and they are undisputed rulers in the domestic championship. In this season Celtic played ten matches and recorded nine victories and one draw so far, with an average of over three goals scored per match. They are, of course, ranked first on the table with 28 points, 11 more than the runner up and eternal rivals Glasgow Rangers. But to be very honest, they are extremely poor in European away games. They are without a victory in 4 away matches, starting from the qualification round in July 2016 and they have lost in 3 away games. It is very unlikely that they can make any trouble to Borussia Monchengladbach in this Champions League fixture. Celtics coach Brandon Rodgers has no problems with the injuries of his key players, while Logan Bailly and Kieran Tierney are ruled out for this match-up.
Borussia Monchengladbach – Celtic: Head to Head Statistics
The first leg fixture in Celtic was the first meeting between Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach in the UEFA competition. They met recently for a friendly match in Glasgow in July 2013. The German team won with the final result 2-1.
Celtic have met German oppositions on 18 previous occasions and hold a poor record after suffering 11 losses during the time, along with 3 wins and 2 draws. Their record at home in 9 matches is 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats.
Monchengladbach went head-to-head with teams from Scotland on 12 different occasions and won 4 time, while recordin 3 draws and 5 defeats. Their record while playing in Scotland is 1 win, 2 draws and 4 defeats from 6 away trips.
Borussia Monchengladbach is an extremely difficult side to beat at home. The best indication of this statement is probably their most recent match-up against the Spanish powerhouse Barcelona, who had to push their last atoms of energy and work extremely hard to earn a 1-2 win at the Borussia Park in Germany.
Celtic’s stats look mightily impressive on the paper but it’s fair to say that this will be a tougher test than they usually face in domestic championship. Watching the latest results of both teams, both in the domestic championship and in the UEFA champions league, it is safe to say that we expect a though game with few goals. A slight advantage goes however to the home team, but the most likely outcome is going to be a scoreless draw.
Result Prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach – Celtic 0-0
Borussia Monchengladbach Lineups (4-2-3-1): Sommer, Elvedi, Westergaard, Korb, Jantschke, Wendt, Dahoud, Kramer, Stindl, Johnson, Hahn.
Celtic Lineups (4-2-3-1): Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Brown, Rogic, Bitton, Sinclair, Forrest, Dembele.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Celtic
UEFA Champions League – Group C
Date: Tuesday, 1st November 2016.
Kick-off at 20:45 CET.
Venue: Borussia Park, Monchengladbach.