Manchester City and Celtic will have nothing left to play for this evening as the Citizens already locked up a spot in the next round, while Celtic have no chance to qualify for the Europa League.
Although they can’t go up or down, Pep Guardiola will demand victory after a demoralizing defeat against Chelsea on Saturday. Manchester City, especially de Bruyne and Aguero, had better chances, Antonio Conte proved to be a cat with nine lives and the Blues have won all three points at Etihad.
Another downside of the Chelsea clash is the fact that Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho got red cards in the 96th minutes. FA punished Aguero with four games and that will be his second suspension of the season.
With nothing to lose, and pride to get, Celtic are expected to play in this match highly motivated and eager to win and treat their supporters with a consolation victory. Rodgers has described the contest as a “big game” that is important for his side’s ongoing development.
As usual, they’re once again undisputed rulers of Scottish Premiership as they recorded twelve victories and one draw in thirteen matches played.
Head to Head
The 3-3 thriller on matchday 2 at Glasgow is the lone competitive meeting between Manchester City and Celtic.
Celtic’s only away win against English opposition in the European Cup/Champions League was in the 1969/70 semi-final when they beat Leeds at Elland Road (1-0).
Since then, Celtic have lost their two trips to England in Europe’s premier competition, both times conceding exactly three goals against Manchester United.
Manchester City have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the fourth season in a row. However, they have finished top of their group only once (2015/16). It’s also the first time Pep Guardiola hasn’t secured top spot in a Champions League group campaign as manager.
The Citizens are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League home games (W5 D2), their longest run without a defeat in the competition at the Etihad. They can win all three of their home games in a Champions League group stage for the first time.
Celtic have lost 26 of their 29 Champions League games away from home (W1 D2) and have never kept a clean sheet.
Aguero received a four match ban in the Premier League so he’ll probably be in the lineups so as Otamendi who are also suspended. Raheem Sterling and Vincent Kompany are still out due to injuries, while Fernandinho is suspended.
Brendan Rodgers can’t count on Scott Sinclair, Eoghan O’Connell and Kieran Tierney.
Manchester City: Caballero; Maffeo, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Clichy; Fernando, Delph; Nolito, Iheanacho, Sané; Aguero.
Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Sviatchenko, Simunovic, Izaguirre; Roberts, Brown, Armstrong, Forrest; Rogic, Dembele.
Date: 06 December 2016
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Referee: Slavko Sincic