Feyenoord vs Celtic Match Analysis & Prediction
19/09/2023 10:00 pm
Dutch champions Feyenoord host Scottish Premiership winners Celtic on Tuesday night, as both teams begin their Champions League campaign at De Kuip.
With Group E also featuring Atletico Madrid and Lazio, neither side can afford to drop points on the opening day, of which the hosts make their return to Europe’s top club competition after six years away.
Having reached the 2022 Europa Conference League final and last season’s Europa League quarter-final – losing to Roma on both occasions – Feyenoord now step up a level after claiming top spot in domestic football with an impressive title win.
After losing captain Orkun Kokcu to Benfica and then starting the 2023-24 campaign with two draws, Arne Slot’s side posted their third successive victory at the weekend, and they have now scored 19 goals in their last four league matches following a 6-1 thumping of Heerenveen on Saturday.
Now embarking on their first Champions League campaign since 2017, Feyenoord have only made it out of their group once before – and not since 1999 – so this team will be aiming to write a fresh page in club history during the months ahead.
Due to their recent dominance of domestic competition, Celtic have been a more regular fixture in the Champions League of late, but they have failed to make the most of their opportunities – even under much-heralded former manager Ange Postecoglou, the Hoops finished fourth in their group last year.
Celtic have won just one of their last 21 matches in the Champions League, losing 15 times in the process, and have not progressed to the knockout round since 2012.
After Kyogo Furuhashi scored in an Old Firm derby for the fourth time this year, helping his side to beat city rivals Rangers at Ibrox, the Japan striker netted again on Saturday, when his 63rd-minute strike steered Celtic towards a 3-0 victory over Dundee.
Although they sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings as a result, still unbeaten after five matches, Brendan Rodgers’ side will now visit Rotterdam having lost three of their last four away games against Dutch clubs and drawn the other.
Feyenoord vs. Celtic Head to head
These two teams have not previously met in any competition.
Feyenoord Team News
Feyenoord must make do without star striker Santiago Gimenez on Tuesday, as he serves a two-game suspension following his extra-time dismissal against Roma in last season’s Europa League quarter-finals.
Having scored six goals in his last four games and also provided an assist against Heerenveen, the absence of Gimenez gives Slot a selection dilemma, particularly as back-up Ayase Ueda returned from Japan duty injured.
Feyenoord's Last 5 Matches
Celtic Team News
Celtic may bring Reo Hatate back into their starting XI, after making his return from a calf injury with a half-hour cameo on Saturday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Marco Tilio are both nearing comebacks, having recently returned to training, but Tuesday’s game comes too early.
Celtic's Last 5 Matches
Feyenoord vs. Celtic: Odds and Predictions
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