Celtic will be looking to get their first Europa League group stage win of the season when they host Sparta Prague on Thursday at 8pm.
Neil Lennon’s side have been given a tough group including AC Milan and Lille, and have gained just one point from their opening two games. Celtic kicked off Group H with a 3-1 home defeat to AC Milan but looked to be getting a win against Lille, leading 2-0 at half-time.
However, they were pegged back in the second half and had to settle for a point. Celtic did bounce back from that disappointment with 2-0 win over Aberdeen at the weekend in the semi-finals of the 2019/20 Scottish FA Cup.
Sparta Prague are also winless in the Europa League and currently sit bottom of Group H having lost both of their games against AC Milan and Lille so far. They are, however, still perfect in their domestic league.
With Lille and AC Milan taking each other on, it will be vital for a winner to come from this match if either team are to harbour hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
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- UK: BT Sport 3
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Celtic & Sparta Prague’s previous line-ups:
- Celtic (vs Aberdeen): Bain; Frimpong, Duffy, Bitton, Laxalt; Brown, McGregor; Christie, Rogic, Elyounoussi; Edouard.
- Sparta Prague (vs AC Milan): Heca; Sacek, Celustka, Lischka, Hanousek; Pavelka, Travnik, Vindheim; Krejci, Dockal; Julis.
Neither side has any fresh injury problems to deal with, while Sparta Prague will be the less tired of the two teams, having had a weekend off. The Bhoys therefore remain without James Forrest and Kristoffer Ajer.
Players to watch:
- Celtic: Although Celtic haven’t been great in the Europa League this season, Mohamed Elyounoussi has been a man in form. The Norwegian international has scored all three of Celtic’s goals in the Europa League this season, despite managing just one in the Scottish Premiership. In fact, the midfielder is now just one goal away from equalling Celtic’s record for most goals in a single Europa League campaign, which currently stands at four, set by Kris Commons in 2015/16.
- Sparta Prague: Lukas Julis. Like Celtic, Sparta Prague haven’t been good in the Europa League, scoring just one goal so far. But if they are to get things up and running in Europe, they will need current top scorer Julis to find the net. The 25-year-old has scored six goals in six domestic games for Sparta Prague, helping them top the league so far. But he has been starved of action in front of goal in the Europa League, still awaiting his first shot and having just 35 touches in 108 minutes.