Manchester City will attempt to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea with a win over Celtic in the Champions League betting 2016/17 season. Although Pep Guardiola won’t fret if he doesn’t secure the result that fans desire. With this being a dead rubber fixture, he’ll be ringing the changes. City have already secured second place, can’t finish top and Celtic are guaranteed to finish bottom of the group.
Speaking about his plans for the game, Guardiola told the press: “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. I will demand the best from those players. It is a good test for us. It is perfect to play them in the last game.
“I didn’t expect to do it already qualified. I’d have preferred to finish first in the group – more for the club because then you won more games. But for my experience in the Champions League, what’s important it is how you arrive in February.”
The group winners are of course Barcelona, the Catalan giants facing a Europa League-destined German Team in their final group game.
City were torn to shreds at the back against Chelsea. This was despite attacking quite well against the Blues. They had chances to finish them off with Kevin De Bruyne missing an astonishingly easy chance from five yards out before Chelsea staged a comeback. If City can’t fix their defensive situation in the short-term then they at least have to be deadly in attack.
Even though this is technically a meaningless game, we expect City to come out with a point to prove. Sergio Aguero is facing a four-game domestic ban and will hope to fill his boots before a lengthy spell in the sin bin. Celtic are playing for pride and will be encouraged by their 3-3 home draw against Guardiola’s men. Expect another goal-happy clash.
Manchester City predicted XI: Caballero Zabaleta, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Clichy; Fernando, Delph, Nolito, Iheanacho, Sané, Agüero
Celtic predicted XI: Gordon, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Šimunović, Izaguirre, Roberts, Brown, Armstrong, Forrest, Rogic, Démbelé