Preview: Celtic v FC Bayern München

FC Bayern München face a potentially tricky trip to Glasgow on Tuesday to take on Celtic in a Champions League Group B clash at Celtic Park.

Champions League
31 October 2017
Kick-off 21:45 CET
Venue: Celtic Park

Referee: D. Makkelie
Assistants: M. Diks, H. Steegstra
Fourth official: J. van Zuilen

Head-to-head summary:

Celtic 3 0 1 2
Bayern Munich 3 2 1 0

Previous encounter:

Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic 18/10/2017 (Champions League)
Bayern Munich goalscorers: T. Muller (17′) J. Kimmich (29′) M. Hummels (51′)

Players to watch:

With Robert Lewandowski left behind in Munich, Bayern will have to look elsewhere for their goals. Step forward, James Rodriguez. The Colombian playmaker has not been at his best since his move to Germany but has put in a few impressive shifts in recent weeks, and this game will be a good chance for him to build on that.

Moussa Dembele is probably Celtic’s most talented player. The 21-year-old French forward scored 17 goals from 29 appearances last season and has three from five this campaign. So obvious is his ability that in a few years from now he is more likely to be wearing Bayern’s kit than Celtic’s, and Tuesday will give him a chance to showcase his skills on a bigger stage.

? 4 goals in 2 games!

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Team form and quotes:

Bayern have returned to the top of the Bundesliga standings, taking advantage of Borussia Dortmund’s poor recent form to steal top spot. They have won their last three in a row under the watchful eye of Jupp Heynckes, and have lost just once in the Bundesliga from 10 matches.

Over in Scotland, Celtic also lead the standings and remain undefeated so far in the league, but were held to a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the weekend. However, they have been beaten outside of Scotland, losing 3-0 to Bayern on their trip to Bavaria earlier this month.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. “It will be a great occasion here.

“A tough game for us and it will be equally as tough here, but it’s something we’re really looking forward to.

“We’ll put this behind us, we’ll reflect on it and we’ll move on and see if we can have a good performance and, more importantly, a result.”

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes said that he expects a tougher match in Glasgow than in Munich, saying that “Celtic will be better at home, as they will have the crowd behind them. My players are used to that though.”

“They play good, honest football in Scotland,” Heynckes said. “The players will never back down. They live for football here.

Team news:

Bayern will be without star striker Robert Lewandowski, but winger Kingsley Coman returns to the fold after sitting out over the weekend with a knee injury. Juan Bernat will also sit out due to an ankle injury, along with long-term absentees Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Franck Ribéry.

For Celtic, winger Patrick Roberts, who is on loan from Manchester City, misses out after picking up a hamstring injury midweek.