Football

Stjarnan v Celtic

Competition: UEFA Champions League
Fixture: Stjarnan v Celtic
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Venue: Samsung Vollurinn, Gardabaer
Kick off time: 20:15 hrs BST

Stjarnan are to welcome Celtic to the Samsung Vollurinn stadium this week as the two sides clash in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier.

Stjarnan’s form: L-W-L-L-D

The hosts have been in miserable form over the past few games that they have featured in. In their last five competitive fixtures, the Icelandic side have been beaten thrice. They tasted defeat against KR and Valur in their domestic league while Celtic beat them 2-0 in Scotland last week.

Their only win during this period arrived against Keflavik in the Icelandic top flight and the side went on to win 2-1. Stjarnan are coming into this game on the backs of a 1-1 home draw against IA in the league.

Celtic’s form: W-L-W-W-W

Scottish giants Celtic have regularly featured in the group stages of the Champions League for a while now and with a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg, they will be confident.

Other than a minor blip against FC Dukla Praha in a friendly game, Celtic have won their remaining games against Den Bosch, Real Sociedad, and Eibar in their last few games other than the first leg fixture last week.

Key Players and Team News

Stjarnan: Halldor Orri Bjornsson, Jeppe Hansen, and Olafur Karl Finsen have been the better players for this side this season. For this upcoming game, the side will look to attack and should start with two strikers and in such a situation, the 23-year-old Finsen could thrive.

Celtic: New signing Dedryck Boyata already endeared himself to the fans after opening the scoring in the first leg with a well taken goal. In a match where the side are going to have to negotiate a plastic pitch, the defender will need to be at his best to keep the hosts from taking advantage of familiar surroundings.

Betting Advice

Celtic have never lost a European game against a team from Iceland and I expect them to keep that record at the end of the second leg. The best that the hosts could hope for would be a draw but Celtic are coming into this game on great form and have had good preparation for this game as well and thus I am backing Celtic to win at odds of 1.44 with bet365.

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