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.
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.
14 July 2017 - 16:00 GMT
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