Date: Tuesday, July 22
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
KO Time: 19:45 (BST)
Celtic and KR Reykjavik will go head to head in the return leg fixture of their Champions League match to see who progresses to the next round and eventually finds a berth in the main tournament.
The second leg will be begin from 1945 hours BST at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Tuesday, July 22. The home side enter this fixture with an away goal advantage after beating KR Reykjavik 1-0 in the first leg.
KR Reykjavík will look to take something out of their domestic season record where they are currently third. They won their previous league game comprehensively beating Valur 4-1 and will hope that can inspire them to something of a challenging performance here.
Even though Celtic did not play very well, KR Reykjavik were totally outplayed in the first leg and for them to now overturn the deficit away from home will be impossible. Statistics show that KR Reykjavík saw the ball for just 25% of the first game and had just three shots in reply to Celtic’s 28. If that’s not the definition of being outplayed, I would like to see what is.
This is also the reason why Ronny Deila, the Celtic manager will still believe that his team will have no trouble going through in this one.
The team to progress from this fixture will face the winner of the Legia Warsaw v St Patrick’s Athletic game in the next round.
Key players and team news
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is set to miss the home leg after sustaining a hamstring injury. The injury rules him out of a friendly that Celtic played against Dynamo Dresden over the weekend. Teemu Pukki could replace Stokes at the head of the attack. He scored a hat-trick in the friendly against LASK Linz a couple of weeks back and will relish this opportunity.
Deila may have to restructure his squad for this fixture as last season’s player of the year Kris Commons was also substituted in the previous fixture after coming off injured. He however, could be fit to start.
KR Reykjavik has never qualified to play in the Champions League before and a victory in this game would send the Icelandic club into pastures unknown. Celtic, on the other hand, have played in the Champions League before and will look to use that experience to their advantage going into this knockout fixture.
Celtic start as a huge favourite for me and with Reykjavík needing to chase the game this should be a high-scoring encounter. It was pretty incredible that the first leg only had one goal too. So back over 2.5 goals to be scored in this game, with Betfred at 1/3.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.3 with Betfred.
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