Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Buoyed by a 4-1 crushing of Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk will look to retain top position in Group F when they face Celtic on Wednesday. The Miners kicked off their Champions League campaign in style, but keep in mind that they take on Celtic on neutral location (Warsaw) due to the current political situation in Ukraine. Viktor Kornienko remains in the recovery room, while Lassina Traore is pushing for a start.
The Hoops, on the other hand, look unstoppable in the Scottish Premier League, with the team rolling over Rangers 4-0 in the Old Firm derby. Since Celtic’s display in a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid was anything but poor, we believe that away win should be considered. As for the visiting side, both Carl Starfelt and Yosuke Ideguchi are out of contention through injuries, while fit-again key attacker Kyogo Furuhashi is back to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Yevgen Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Yevgen Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla.
As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team.
After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
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.