Celtic face Russian side Spartak Moscow at home in a crunch Champions League Group E encounter on Dec 05, 2012.
Here are the talking points:
1. What is at stake?
At stake for Celtic is the qualification to knock-out phases of the competition, which would underline their good performances in Europe this season.
Both Celtic and Benfica are tied on 7 points but Benfica face a daunting trip to Spain to face Barcelona, a match Benfica would find hard to win. Celtic know that if they better Benfica's performance at Barcelona, they will be through to the knock-out phases and they would be keen to build on their resolute displays in Europe.
2. Getting the job done for Celtic
Celtic goal keeper Fraser Forster has garned a lot of praise thanks to his shot stopping abilities and with the attacking foursome of Emeneke, Jurado, Ari and Kombarov having notched up 21 shots in Europe so far, he would have to bring his best game to stop Spartak from ruining their party.
3. Absence of Victor Wanyama
The absence of Nigerian midfielder means Celtic will miss one of their perennial performers in Europe this season. Although Celtic have notched up the required results, they have not been able to hold the ball very well and Wanyama's absence means the others will have to work harder to retain the ball and use it effectively to nullify Spartak's goal scoring threats.
Considering the fact that Celtic need to better Benfica's performance against Barcelona, the only approach Neil Lennon should consider is to win the match. Any other approach could be counter productive as Spartak retain enough quality to scuttle Celtic's plans.
The match promises to be an interesting one, given the promise of qualification into the knock-out phase of Champions league that it holds for Celtic.
Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow (Celtic to go through on account of a possible Benfica loss to Barcelona)
Although Celtic would like to go for the win, Spartak have enough about themselves to eke out a draw against the Hoops. They would expect to go through on account of a Benfica loss, such is the European dominance that Barcelona currently enjoy, not considering the minor blip against Celtic themselves.
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