Preview: Real Betis vs Celtic – prediction, team news, lineups
Scottish giants Celtic travel to Real Betis for their first Group G clash in the Europa League on Thursday night. Real Betis vs Celtic pawastreams, Real Betis vs Celtic live stream, Real Betis vs Celtic channel, Real Betis vs Celtic today, Real Betis vs Celtic where to watch, Real Betis vs Celtic h2h, Real Betis vs Celtic prediction.
This will be the first European meeting between the two sides and the La Liga club’s first match against a Scottish opponent.
Real Betis vs Celtic Match preview
Real Betis achieved their first victory of the new La Liga campaign when they won 2-1 away from home in Granada on Monday night.
A 66th-minute goal from Colombian forward Luis Suárez canceled Rodri Sánchez’s first half in the first half, but a brilliant 89th-minute solo goal from substitute Sergio Canales ensured the visitors went home with all three points.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are preparing for their first European campaign since 2018-19, after an impressive sixth place in the Spanish top-flight last season.
Betis have only lost one of their 12 previous Europa League group stage matches and have never conceded more than once in a single group stage match, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.
Joined in Group G by Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros, Los Verdiblancos will be delighted to have a chance to reach the knockout rounds and will hope to start their campaign with a victory against their home fans.
After two straight losses against AZ Alkmaar and Old Firm’s rivals Rangers, Celtic rallied to claim a comfortable 3-0 home win against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership last weekend.
Summer signing Cameron Carter-Vickers found the net on his debut to break the deadlock just past the hour mark before Albian Ajeti scored a double in his first start of the new season to seal his third win at the league.
The Hoops have had an uneven start to the new campaign, although there have been clear signs of improvement in the last month with head coach Ange Postecoglou, who will become the first Australian to coach in the Europa League.
More improvements are now required in Europe, following a lousy Europa League campaign last season when they finished bottom of their group with four defeats in their six games, conceding 19 goals in the process.
Celtic travel to Seville on Thursday without ever having won an away game against Spanish rivals in 18 attempts against seven different teams. They have also lost each of their last six competitive matches against La Liga teams by a staggering 19-1 aggregate score.
If the Hoops are going to advance from their group, something they have accomplished in three of the past four seasons, then they should look to focus their encounters against Betis to score points on the board.
Real Betis winger Diego Lainez remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while defender Youssouf Sabaly is also ruled out with a muscle problem.
Héctor Bellerín, who has joined the club on loan from Arsenal, debuted with his childhood club last weekend and the Spanish right-back is expected to start again midweek ahead of Martín Montoya.
After scoring last weekend, Canales could return to the first eleven in a deep midfield role at the expense of Guido Rodríguez, while Nabil Fekir will start at No. 10 behind lone striker Borja Iglesias.
Forty-year-old winger Joaquin, who made his senior debut for Betis more than 20 years ago, has appeared in all four games as a substitute so far this season and is expected to start again on the bench on Thursday.
As for Celtic, they took a major hit last weekend, as summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi has been ruled out for up to a month with a knee injury sustained while representing Japan on international service.
Callum McGregor (hit), Greg Taylor (shoulder), Liel Abada (religious reasons), James Forrest (hit), Mikey Johnston (hamstring), Karamoko Dembele (ankle), and Christopher Jullien (knee) are also out of the game. from Thursday.
However, Celtic received a boost this week as right-back Anthony Ralston will be available for selection following a period of isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.
Carter-Vickers is ready to keep his place in central defender ahead of Stephen Welsh, while his summer partner Georgios Giakoumakis could make his offensive debut alongside Jota and Ajeti.
Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Silva; Bellerin, Bartra, Ruiz, Moreno; Rodriguez, Canales; Rodri, Fekir, Tello; Iglesias
Celtic possible starting lineup:
Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Montgomery; Turnbull, Soro, Rogic; Jota, Ajeti, Giakoumakis