Celtic play Real Madrid in Round 1 of this season’s Champions League Group F games.
The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 6 September 2022. The match venue is Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Latest odds on betting sites
Celtic to win odds are priced at 5.00 (+400 American; 4/1 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.20 (+320; 16/5), while Real Madrid to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-166; 50/83).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Celtic — 20%, draw — 23%, Real Madrid — 57%.
Latest betting odds on Celtic vs Real Madrid (6 September 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.66 (-150; 2/3)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Asian handicap (+1.0) on Celtic — 1.89 (-112; 25/28)
- Asian handicap (-1.0) on Real Madrid — 2.02 (+102; 51/50)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.74 (-135; 20/27)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; evens)
Match preview and statistics
Celtic haven’t lost in the last seven matches. They are on a seven-game winning streak. The Celts beat Rangers 4-nil in their last match.
Liel Abada opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a powerful shot into the net. Jota doubled the lead in the 32nd minute. Matthew O’Riley sent the through ball towards Jota, who clipped a sublime chip over McLaughlin into the back of the net.
Abada bagged his brace in the 40th minute. He hit the ball with a low effort through the legs of the goalie into the back of the net. O’Riley with the assist. David Turnbull scored the fourth goal in the 78th minute. McLaughlin played a loose back pass out, and Turnbull caught it. He composed himself before striking the ball into the back of the net.
Team statistics: 45% possession, 1.88 expected goals (xG), 15 total shots, three big chances, six shots on target, 346 accurate passes, 83% pass accuracy, 12 fouls committed, one offside, three corners and three yellow cards.
Celtic team news: Yosuke Ideguchi is out due to a leg injury.
Real Madrid are on a five-game winning streak ahead of this match. They have not lost any of the games played this season.
Los Blancos beat Real Betis 2-1 in the last match. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a sublime finish over Silva. Assisted by David Alaba with a perfectly timed pass to Vinicius, who managed to stay onside.
Sergio Canales pulled one back for Betis in the 17th minute with a low strike to the back of the net. Borja Iglesias with the assist following the brilliant hold-up play. Rodrygo scored the winner in the 65th minute. He found the net from close range, assisted by Federico Valverde with the cutback pass.
Team statistics: 50% possession, 2.89 expected goals (xG), 22 total shots, five big chances, five shots on target, 446 accurate passes, 90% pass accuracy, eight fouls committed, two offsides and nine corners.
Real Madrid team news: No player is injured or suspended for the match.
Celtic vs Real Madrid H2H
Both teams have met just once. Madrid won 2-nil in the meeting.
Lineups and key players
Celtic projected starting lineup:
- Joe Hart
- Josip Juranovic
- Cameron Carter-Vickers
- Carl Starfelt
- Greg Taylor
- Matthew O’Riley
- Callum McGregor
- Reo Hatate
- Liel Abada
- Kyogo Furuhashi
Liel Abada is the key player to watch out for. He has six goals and an assist in six matches for the Celtics. Abada scored two goals in their last match against Rangers. The winger has to score or create big chances in this tie.
Real Madrid projected starting lineup:
- Thibaut Courtois
- Lucas Vazquez
- Eder Militao
- Antonio Rudiger
- David Alaba
- Aurelien Tchouameni
- Toni Kroos
- Luka Modric
- Federico Valverde
- Karim Benzema
- Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior is the key player to watch out for. He has three goals and two assists in five matches for Madrid. Vinicius opened the scoring in their last match against Real Betis. The Brazilian should be able to score again in the Round 1 game.
Prediction and betting tips
Both teams are in great form ahead of their matchup. The Celtics have won their last eight matches, and Real Madrid have won their last five matches. The attack has carried both teams into winning these games. The lowest number of goals scored by each team in this period is two.
The prediction for this match is both teams to score (Yes). Madrid have kept only one clean sheet in the last five matches. For four straight games, they’ve conceded goals. Celtic have the home-court advantage and should be able to net at least a goal. The Spanish team still looks like the favourite to win the match.
Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)
Odds: 1.74 (-135 American; 20/27 Fractional)