Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 1-0 win on aggregate over La Florita of San Marino Linfield set up a meeting with Celtic in the Champions League second qualifying round. The Northern Ireland team are seen as big underdogs in the two-legged tie against the Scottish champions and we predict that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Friday’s football match. The Hoops, on the other hand, won the 2016/2017 Scottish Premier League trophy in style and they want to record a good result in European competitions as well. Celtic rolled over Shamrock Rovers (9-0) in their last warm-up game and they are widely expected to beat Linfield at Windsor Park in Belfast. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Leigh Griffiths, who scored 12 goals in 23 league games last season and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Highlighted Player (Erik Sviatchenko):
Son to an Ukraininian-born artist Segei Sviatchenko, the 24-year-old defender Erik joined Celtic in January 2016. His transition to the Scottish giants have been alleviated by Celtic’s signing of his girlfriend Rudmose, who signed for The Bhoys women’s team in February this year. Erik Sviatchenko began his professional career at FC Midtjylland in 2009, where he had been a starter in almost all of his appearances for the club. Key player for Midtjylland, Sviatchenko helped them to Danish title in 2014-15 as we as in securing progression to the last 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League the following season. After seven years at the Danish side, Sviatchenko moved to Celtic on a four-year deal. He has so far made 14 league appearances for Celtic, but still got the chance to wear the captain’s armband in May. Due to dual citizenship Erik Sviatchenko was eligible to play for Ukraine, but he agreed to a call-upfor the Danish national team in 2015. He has so far earned only five caps for his country.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens. The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm. European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.