Borussia Monchengladbach v Celtic tips: More misery on way for Scottish champions
Celtic's solitary Champions League point won't be added to on Tuesday evening
October 31st, 2016
Was anyone really expecting much from Celtic in Europe this season? To be honest we weren’t and neither were the pundits. The Hoops fans may have been a bit more optimistic but they will have been disappointed thus far. Their group campaign began with a 7-0 hammering at Barcelona, this reinforcing the fact that a huge gulf remains between the best of Scotland and the best of Europe. A stunning 3-3 draw with Manchester City in their subsequent outing was an excellent result although any positivity from that was immediately eroded by a 2-0 defeat at home to Monchengladbach two weeks ago.
The reverse fixture is now upon us and should Celtic confound us all and actually win, then they would be in with a chance of making it into the Europa League. Lose and it is goodbye Europe for the Scots.
The odds suggest that it will be the latter on Tuesday evening and it is rather hard to argue with odds of 1/2 for a Borussia win. The Germans completely outclassed Celtic at Parkhead and we don’t envisage that things will be that much different when the sides collide once again this week.
Indeed Celtic have a dreadful European record away from home this season with defeats to Lincoln Red Imps, Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Barcelona so far. They managed a draw at FC Qarabag but were by far the inferior side on that occasion and could consider themselves lucky to have managed a point.
Indeed the Hoops have historically been pretty poor away from home in the Champions League and the same can be said of Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irish manager has never tasted an away victory in Europe despite having been at Liverpool for several seasons and all of this points pretty much to another night of misery for Celtic. Monchengladbach are a decent side and finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season. They gave Barcelona a run for their money in Germany and whilst they lost 4-0 to Manchester City in their opening Champions League match, there will be no such slip-ups on Tuesday evening.
With Barcelona heading the Group C table by some five points, the fight for second place is all-important and should Borussia beat Celtic on Tuesday and Manchester City slip-up against Barcelona, then it will be game on for the Germans. What better incentive than this for dishing out a hammering to the Scottish champions.