Barcelona v Celtic - Tuesday 19:45, BT Sport 3
After a somewhat bumpy road in qualification that saw them lose to Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps, Celtic have been rewarded with a trip to the Nou Camp in their first game in the Champions League proper since 2013/14, when they were in fact dumped out at the group stages after a 6-1 defeat in this very fixture. However, after putting six past Betis in their opening league game, Barca were shocked by Alaves at the Nou Camp on Saturday as Enrique paid the price for resting Messi and Suarez, perhaps with this fixture in mind.
Barca have been imperious at the Nou Camp in the Champions League since 2013/14, winning 15 of 16 unbeaten games and leading at the break 11 in of these games, but keeping just six clean sheets. Indeed, since Luis Enrique’s men haven’t kept a clean sheet in either of their home games so far in the league, we’re going to back Barcelona to Win and Both Teams to Score, particularly since Brendan Rodgers isn’t the type of manager who’ll just sit back and play on the counter.
While Celtic might get on the scoresheet, that approach will suit Barca perfectly and as a result we’re going to back Over 4.5 Goals and also Over 5.5 Goals in what could be a long night for the Scottish Champions, who are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this term against much lesser sides than Barcelona and a visit to the Nou Camp on the Tuesday after an Old Firm derby will be a huge test for the Hoops.
Indeed Celtic fans will no doubt be watching from behind the sofa as Kolo Toure tries to keep out a rested Messi and Suarez, not to mention Neymar.