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STAR PREVIEW Tues: Celtic v Real Madrid

It’s been a fast start to the European club season and the Champions League is following in similar vein with some blockbuster opening night fixtures, including Celtic v Real Madrid.

This Group F opener is a game of real European heritage and the occasion is only enhanced by Celtic returning to the big stage after five years away against none other than defending Champions Real Madrid.

Both sides are in fine form. Celtic have won all seven of their matches this season, scoring 29 goals with 12 different players finding the net for them. 20-year-old winger Liel Abada and Japanese forward Kyogo Furuhashi have started the season brilliantly with 14 goals in all competitions between them whilst Jota – who scored a sensational chip in Celtic’s Old Firm Derby win – is in the form of his career.

Ange Postecoglou’s side are on cloud nine after a brilliant 4-0 win against a Rangers side who knocked out PSV to make it to the group stages themselves, and in this form they mustn’t’ be underestimated.

Celtic v Real Madrid
Champions League Group F
20:00 BT Sport 3 HD / BT Sport App

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MAR 1980 EUROPEAN CUP Real Madrid 3-0 Celtic
MAR 1980 EUROPEAN CUP Celtic 2-0 Real Madrid

The issue for the hosts is that Real Madrid are looking as good as ever. They’ve won all five of their games this season, winning the Super Cup 2-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt and following that up with four straight La Liga wins. A couple of those successes (2-1 awins against Almeria and Real Betis) have ben by one goal margins, but they won the xG count 3.32 – 0.78 against Almeria and 3.28 to 0.38 against Real Betis, so those performances were better than the score line would have suggested.

The ageless Karim Benzema already has four goals in all competitions this season – with follow striker Vinicius Junior just one behind – and Rodrygo continues to be an effective member of Los Blancos’ front three.

Bar the swap of Aurelien Tchouameni (who is already making a serious mark on proceedings) for Casemiro in midfield this is basically the same Madrid side that won last season’s competition along with La Liga. Indeed, nine of the players who started the weekend’s 2-1 win against Betis were in the starting XI for last season’s 1-0 win against Liverpool in the final.

Celtic come into this game in tremendous form – and the standard of their Old Firm demolition job on Rangers is to be applauded – but Madrid are a serious step up in class on anything the hosts have faced so far and showed enough resilience last season to cope with the toughest of tests. 4/6 on an away win is a fair bet, and it may be worth enhancing that by backing Real to win and over 2.5 goals – a bet which has landed in all four of their La Liga games so far.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI

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