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In a captivating clash reminiscent of a cherished classic, Dutch champions Feyenoord are set to lock horns with Scottish Premiership winners Celtic in the UEFA Champions League. The stage is set for a memorable encounter at De Kuip in Rotterdam, where both teams embark on their quest for European glory.
The Dutch outfit returns to the Champions League after a six-year hiatus. Interestingly, their remarkable journey begins with a poignant match against the Scottish giants, whom they famously defeated in the 1970 European Cup final.
Feyenoord v Celtic Predicted Line-Ups & News
With a group that includes formidable opponents like Lazio and Atletico Madrid, both Feyenoord and Celtic recognize the significance of this match in determining their Champions League fate.
Team News: Feyenoord
Under the guidance of manager Arne Slot, Feyenoord enters the Champions League with an aura of invincibility in the Eredivisie. They remain undefeated in their first five league matches, securing three wins in succession.
What’s truly remarkable is their goal-scoring prowess, with each of those victories accompanied by five or more goals. This scoring spree marks only the second time in their history that they’ve netted five or more goals in three consecutive league games. With this form, Feyenoord aims to make a resounding start in Group E.
De Kuip will be loud as they welcome back midweek UEFA Champions League action. While Santiago Gimenez misses action, he will be ably replaced by Yankuba Minteh, who continues to score effortlessly for club and country.
Feyenoord Predicted Lineup
Team News: Celtic
Brendan Rodgers is back at the helm of Celtic and enters the Champions League following an unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season, securing four wins and a draw in their first five games.
Their most recent victory, a 3-0 triumph over Dundee, showcased their patience and control. However, European competition has posed challenges for Celtic in recent years, with a track record marred by defeats and struggles to progress beyond the group stage. Rodgers faces the daunting task of shoring up their defence, as past campaigns saw them concede 34 goals.
However, they will fancy their chances given the regularity with which they have played in the elite European club competition. In Kyogo Furuhashi, they have a reliable forward who likes to get accounted at the most memorable occasions, notching four goals in Old Firm derbies in 2023 alone.
Celtic Predicted Lineup
Furuhashi to impress in Gimenez’s absence?
In any other situation, all eyes would have been on the battle between Santiago Giménez and Kyogo Furuhashi. Gimenez has already scored six goals this season for Feyenoord but misses action as he serves a two-match suspension. Furuashi will get a chance to impress on the road after making an early impact for Celtic with four goals, with three of these arriving before half-time.
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