Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Celtic Park when Celtic and Leipzig face each other in the Europa League Group B derby. The Hoops are three points behind Leipzig in the standings, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Brendan Rodgers’ troops. Celtic are eager to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against the Red Bulls. Leipzig defeated Celtic 2-0 in Germany two weeks ago, but the Bundesliga side would be happy with one point from Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Celtic are tough to beat at home, a close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Glasgow. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever at Celtic Park.
Highlighted Player (Mikael Lustig):
Long-serving Celtic soldier Michael Lustig has been with The Bhoys since 2012. The Swedish international has made more than 140 appearances for the Scottish club. The experienced 29-year-old defender is also a full international for Sweden since 2008 and a member of his country’s team that has participated at the 2016 European Championship finals in France.
Internationally experienced defender also took part at Euro 2012 and his vast experience is of crucial importance for Celtic. Lustig began his career at Umea FC and had also played for GIF Sundsvall and Rosenborg BK before his move to Scotland.
Mikael Lusting has endured mixed fortunes throughout his four-year career with Celtic, predominantly due to various injury spells that kept him out of play. First choice for Celtic manager(s) whenever he is fully fit, the Swedish defender is praised for his hard work, stamina and physical ability, despite his most recent struggles with muscle injuries.
Highlighted Team (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 as 3rd. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons.
Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 round in the 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954.
Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.