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Celtic vs. Manchester City Preview & Prediction

Celtic host Manchester City in a Scotish vs. English club battle this Wednesday night.

Celtic suffered a massive defeat in their first Champions League match of the season. Celtic was defeated by a 7-0 scoreline from Barcelona. However, Celtic has a good record at home, winning four of their last seven games against English sides.

Manchester City started their 2016/2017 Champions League campaign with a 6-0 victory over Steaua Bucuresti in the playoff phase of the tournament. Also, the Blues went on to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach in their first group game of the season. Pep tutored side have been undefeated in all competitions this season.

Team News: Brendan Rodgers will be without Mackay-Steven” due to an ankle injury. However, Jozo Simunovic will also be making is Champions League debut after being inactive from a long injury. Meanwhile, Pep will have two players inactive with the likes of Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne. Both Belgian international players are out due to muscle injuries.

Prediction: Looking at both sides going into this matchup, it makes sense that the Blues will be the favorites in this matchup. However, Celtic is in search of a win after their huge loss against Barcelona. To put this in perspective, expect them to play in Wednesday’s Champion League clash against the Blues (Man City Victory). 

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Liverpool vs. Hull City Preview & Prediction

Liverpool is on a mission to take another three points when they host promoted side Hull City on this Saturday Both teams played in mid-weeks League Cup action and advanced to the next round.

Liverpool is coming off a 3-0 win victory over Derby County their league cup match, which makes their winning streak go to three games. They are also undefeated in their last five matches in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and giving up three goals. The Reds are unbeaten in their last nine home games.

Hull City goal in the last minute to eliminate Stoke City in the League Cup. Despite playing well in past League Cup competitions, Hull is coming on the back of a three-match winless streak in the Premier League with two losses and a draw. The Tigers sit in 12th in the Premier League table, just 4 points above the bottom three.

Prediction: The Reds are on a great run at the moment after back-to-back league victories against two strong marquee clubs in Leicester City and Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he wants to take the full three points against Hull City after calling on his Anfield supporters to be ‘angry’ during the contest. Liverpool has a lot of momentum, individual balance, form, and home field advantage. I expect Liverpool to win this game to continue their unbeaten and impressive run in the Premier League. 

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Sporting Gijon vs. Barcelona Preview & Prediction

Sporting suffered a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo midweek. Sporting is currently on a two-game losing streak and has given up seven goals in two games. Abelardo Fernández's squad to get out of this two-game slide against Barcelona. Gijon sits in 10th place with 7 points.

Barcelona didn't get their three points for the second time in 2016/2017 La Liga season when they drew 1-1 to Atletico Madrid midweek. However, the Catalan won their first two away La Liga games this season, scoring six goals and giving up one. The Reigning and Defending champions sit in 3rd place with 10 points in five games this season.

Prediction: Matchday 5 of 2016/2017 La Liga season saw many of the top clubs in La Liga dropping points, which included Barcelona. However, Gijon will have the advantage of hosting a home against Barca. Barcelona will get back on track and win this one with a 3-0 scoreline. 

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