Latest Celtic v Barcelona odds from Champions League Group H, as Neil Lennon’s men attract plenty of attention at 8/1 to shock a Lionel Messi less Barca side.
Celtic are 7/1 underdogs for their home clash against an injury-hit Barcelona as the SPL champions look to strike for a second time against the Spanish champions.
It was undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of last year’s competition and Celtic will be keen to upset the odds again as they take on Barcelona at Celtic Park.
Despite Celtic not having some of the players who helped pick up the famous win last year, the SPL champions are going into the tie with a relatively free squad to choose from ahead of game.
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Many of their top players such a Kris Commons, Emilio Izaguirre and Georgios Samaras will all be starting under Neil Lennon on Tuesday night.
However, there won’t be any returns for some of the long term absentees with Steven Mouyokolo, Amido Balde and Teemu Pukki all missing the game.
On the other hand, Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino is facing more problems with injuries with no more than 4 first team players out injured.
The biggest player to join the injured list is Lionel Messi who will be out for the next 3 weeks with a thigh injury that he picked up in the La Liga Champions’ win over Almeria on Saturday night.
In addition to that, covering defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano is also out with an hamstring problem meaning that he joins both Jordi Alba and Carles Puyol on the sidelines.
The other Group H game sees Ajax look to come back from their 4-0 to Barcelona with a win against a steadily improving AC Milan squad.
Having thrashed Go Ahead Eagles 6-0 at the weekend, Ajax will stick the same squad that suffered heavily at the hands of Barcelona however the Eredivisie champions will be without Bojan who picked up a hamstring injury on Saturday.
Much like Ajax, AC Milan are slowly starting to show the form that is expected of them this season picking up yet
another win on Saturday as they defeated Sampdoria 1-0.
Their return to form is no doubt thanks to the return of some of their more established players as both Riccardo Montolivo and Stephan El Shaarawy are likely to return to the squad in time for the trip to Italy.
With Barcelona’s all-star line-up depleted by injury, it will give all the other teams in the group the chance to get ahead in the standings regardless of what the result may be in Scotland on Tuesday evening.