Barcelona are looking in a red hot form in Europe and are more likely to win their easy encounter today against Celtic.Barcelona currently are enjoying a healthy lead in the LA LIGA, 8 points clear of Real Madrid and are playing some fantastic and demolishing football under Tito Vilanova.
Barcelona is enjoying a red hot form in both Europe and domestic .Although they found a lucky escape in the first El classico of the season but an impressive win against Benfica at Estádio da Luz certainly Qued them in favorites of wining the Champions league .Their recent form graph is
|20-Oct-12||Deportivo 4 – Barcelona 5||LIGA|
|7-Oct-12||Barcelona 2 – Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|2-Oct-12||Benfica 0 – Barcelona 2||UCL|
|29-Sep-12||Sevilla 2 – Barcelona 3||LIGA|
|22-Sep-12||Barcelona 2 – Ciudad de Murcia 0||LIGA|
On the other hand Celtic is also depicting some impressive form in the Champions league .Currently they are undefeated in their last four champions league games but will face a tough task in the form of Barcelona today .The form graph of Celtic is .
|2-Oct-12||Spartak 2 - Celtic 3||UCL|
|19-Sep-12||Celtic 0 - Benfica 0||UCL|
|29-Aug-12||Celtic 2 - Helsingborgs IF 0||UCL|
|21-Aug-12||Helsingborgs IF 0 - Celtic 2||UCL|
|11-Aug-12||Real Madrid 2 - Celtic 0||FR|
Barcelona will miss the services of Sergio Busquets as we will be serving a two match champions league ban after receiving a red card against Benfica .However Gerrard Pique and Carlos puyol will also miss the clash due to an ankle and elbow injuries .Danny Alves hamstring is still tight which will give another chance to Montoya to show his talent.
James Forrest (groin) and Scott Brown (hip) were emitted from the Scotland squad and warmed the bench in Celtic’s 5-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday with injury concerns but now all the injury concerns are gone and they will feature in the match .
Kris Commons hamstring problem cost him a weekend match but now is fully fit for the Spanish tour .
Valdes,Montoya, Song, Mascherano, Alba,Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta ,Alexis, Messi, Villa.
Lustig, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre,Wanyama, Brown,Forrest, Ledley, Commons,Hooper.
Rumors in press
According to a British newspaper “the Sun” .The Celtic coach has asked his players not to exchange their shirts with Barcelona players in the Tunnel .
“I won’t be in the tunnel when the teams walk out, but I just want them to look straight ahead and not look at the side.”
“I want them to try to focus on getting a foothold on the game.”
“We will respect them but we will have to play aggressively at times.”
Lennon knows Messi could easily rip his side apart but hopes the fear of that will help his team.
He added: “I think it’s better to play with a wee bit of fear.”
“But you don’t want too much fear because that can overwhelm you to the point where your legs go.”
“We have to play very well, we have to be disciplined, we have to defend. There could be a lot of last-ditch stuff.”(Source The Sun)