Celtic’s valiant effort to progress from their Champions League group has already come to an end. However, the Scottish champions will be looking to give their home fans something to shout about at Parkhead on Tuesday, as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in their final home fixture in the competition.
Champions League Preview
Celtic would have been well aware of the challenge at hand when the Champions League draw was made this season. In truth, they haven’t been embarrassed in any fixture in the competition this season, as they have been in the games that they have played. However, their lack of cutting edge in the final third has been evident throughout, as they have lost three of the four games that they have played.
There was more evidence of that in their previous fixture in the competition, as they were eventually beaten 2-0 by RB Leipzig. Celtic had a number of excellent opportunities in that match, but goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg in the final 15 minutes ultimately meant that their Champions League campaign was over for another season.
Shakhtar Donetsk are still in the hunt for a place in the next round of the competition this season, and a victory in Scotland on Tuesday could take them up to second in the standings. They have lost just once in four fixtures in the competition this season, and they were extremely unlucky in their previous outing.
Shakhtar gave Real Madrid an almighty scare in the previous match in this group. They went 1-0 ahead early in the second half through Okelsandr Zubkov, and they looked to be heading towards a historic win. However, Real levelled the scores in the 95th minute.
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head to Head
Celtic has came out on top in both previous meetings between the sides at Celtic Park. Their latest win was a 2-1 success in the 2007-08 season. Meanwhile, there hasn’t been an away victory in this fixture in the five previous encounters, with the only draw coming earlier in the campaign.
Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
This is a massive game for Shakhtar, as they could set up a winner-take-all showdown with Leipzig on matchday six. We like their chances of claiming victory in this fixture on Tuesday, and we could see them edging towards a 1-0 win on the road.
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