Real Betis vs Celtic predictions and match preview for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as the Sevilla club make their return to Europe.
|Thursday 16th September 2021
|18:45 (local time)
|UEFA Europa League Group Stage
Real Betis vs Celtic Preview
The Benito Villamarin will be a sea of green and white on Thursday as Real Betis make their return to European football. One of the biggest crowds in Spain since before the pandemic is expected but sadly there will not be an official visiting contingent for what is something of a historic fixture with Betis’ club colours having originally taken inspiration from the iconic green and white hoops of Glasgow Celtic.
Real Betis will certainly fancy their chances of getting out of this group and they’ll be hungry to make a winning start here. Having to play a Monday night game just before it didn’t help their cause but Manuel Pellegrini perhaps gave an indication of just how seriously he is planning to take this competition by rotating his team and leaving key man Sergio Canales on the bench in Granada.
Canales came off the bench to score a brilliant winner late on at Los Carmenes after youngster Rodri had also scored a fine goal to give Betis the lead earlier in the match. That was Betis’ first win of the season and a welcome boost heading into this game. It will be the Seville side’s first match in Europe since a disappointing Last 32 exit against Rennes in the Europa League three seasons ago but they’ll be targeting a deeper run this time around in a competition that Spanish clubs have tended to excel in.
Celtic travel to Seville on the back of a 3-0 win over Ross County in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend. They are still finding their feet under the guidance of new boss Ange Postecoglou who has experienced a mixed start. They were quickly knocked out of Champions League qualifying by Midtjylland and were beaten in the opening Old Firm derby of the season by Rangers.
However Celtic did manage to see off a competitive AZ side in the Europa League play-off round which will serve as a warning to Betis that they shouldn’t expect to have this all their own way. Celtic have adopted an attacking approach under Postecoglou and it’ll be interesting to see whether they throw caution to the wind again here, in which case we could be in for a really entertaining game.
Head to Head
- This will be the first competitive meeting.
Marc Bartra picked up an injury on Monday and misses out. We could see a number of players rotate back in with Willian Jose also potentially making his full debut up front. Claudio Bravo may come in between the sticks.
Celtic have a number of injury concerns including James Forrest, Greg Taylor and Kyogo Furuhashi.
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Bravo – Miranda, Pezzella, Ruiz, Montoya – Guardado, Canales – Juanmi, Fekir, Ruibal – Willian Jose (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Celtic Starting Lineup:
Hart – Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Ralston – Turnbull, McGregor, Rogic – Jota, Ajeti, Abada (4-3-3)
Real Betis vs Celtic Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Betis 2-1 Celtic
Both of these clubs are known for their passionate supporters and you sense home advantage could be key in the two games between them. Betis are the stronger team on paper and they do look the likely winners here. However they aren’t a team that plays in Europe every season and will need to adapt to the different experience that is European football. There are also a few new players who may take time to settle and much has changed defensively, so Celtic could still have their moments in this game.