Friday 14 Jul

Linfield vs. Celtic Match Preview

13 Jul 2017 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification

FC Linfield

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L


16:00 GMT
14 July 2017

Celtic FC

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

16:00 GMT 14 July 2017

The Linfield vs. Celtic match will be played on Friday, July 14, at the Windsor Park, Belfast. This is the first leg of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. Linfield eliminated La Fiorita in the first qualifying round by 1:0 on aggregate, while Celtic is starting the qualifying cycle from this qualifying round.


  • Linfield had an amazing series of 13 victories in all competition, but in the last two games, they recorded a draw and defeat. Linfield didn't concede a goal in their last three competitive games.
  • Celtic didn't lose for 37 consecutive games in all competitions! Last week, they humiliated Shamrock Rovers by 9:0 in a friendly match.


These teams haven't played against each other up to date.


As a Northern Irish champion, Linfield had to start the qualifying cycle in the first round, against the team from Malta. Although Linfield eliminated La Fiorita as expected,  the performance level in those two games certainly isn't enough for Celtic. In the friendly match they played last weekend, Scottish team Hearts defeated them by 4:1. It is evident they are not in their best form at the moment, but they are great fighters, and Celtic shouldn't underestimate them.

Latest matches: FC Linfield

08.07.2017 Club FC Linfield Heart of Midlothian 1:4 L
04.07.2017 UEFA SP La Fiorita FC Linfield 0:0 D
28.06.2017 UEFA FC Linfield SP La Fiorita 1:0 W
06.05.2017 Iris Coleraine FC FC Linfield 0:3 W
29.04.2017 Prem Cliftonville FC FC Linfield 1:3 W


Celtic is undefeated in all competitions since Barcelona defeated them in the Champions League group phase. During the period, they beat their fierce rivals Rangers twice, and  they easily won the title. They will try to extend their series, and they shouldn't have any difficulties against Linfield, which is a weaker, out of form opponent.

Latest matches: Celtic FC

08.07.2017 Club Shamrock Rovers FC Celtic FC 0:9 W
04.07.2017 Club SK Slavia Prague Celtic FC 0:0 D
01.07.2017 Club SK Rapid Vienna Celtic FC 1:1 D
28.06.2017 Club BW Linz Celtic FC 0:1 W
27.05.2017 Scot Celtic FC Aberdeen FC 2:1 W


Linfield will certainly try to stay undefeated against, but that is easier said and done. Celtic is the favorite in this match, and they will attack Linfield from the first minute of the game.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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