Real Betis take on Celtic in the Europa League group stage this evening as both sides get their European campaigns under way.
Celtic finished bottom of Group H in the competition last season, earning four points as they failed to successfully navigate a group that included Lille, Milan and Sparta Prague. Meanwhile, Betis return to the tournament following a three-season absence, having reached the round of 32 in 2018/19.
Callum McGregor, Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi will all miss Celtic’s Europa League trip to face Real Betis; follow with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms Celtic know they are up against it in the Europa League this term with a tricky Group G situation to negotiate, starting with a trip to face Betis.
The Scottish giants have started their Premiership campaign in underwhelming fashion with two defeats to their name in five opening matches. A 66th-minute strike from Colombian forward Luis Suarez cancelled out Rodri Sanchez’s first-half opener, but a brilliant solo goal in the 89th minute from substitute Sergio Canales ensured that the visitors went home with all three points.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now preparing for their first European campaign since 2018-19, after an impressive sixth-place finish in the Spanish top flight last season. Betis have only ever lost one of their previous 12 group-stage games in the Europa League and they have never conceded more than once in a single group-stage match, keeping eight clean sheets in the process. Joined in Group G by Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros, Los Verdiblancos will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout rounds and will be hoping to kickstart their campaign with a victory in front of their home supporters.
Real Betis vs Celtic Match Information
|Date 16 September|
|Time 10:45 PM BDT|
|Stadium Benito Villamarín|
|Tournament Europa League|
Celtic will be without captain Callum McGregor. The Scotland midfielder will miss the Europa League opener in Spain after sustaining a knock, while attacker Liel Abada will be absent as he is observing the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
With talismanic striker Kyogo Furuhashi also out, Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou knows his team face a stern test against a side who finished sixth in La Liga last term.
Right-back Anthony Ralston is available after missing last weekend’s win over Ross County as Celtic return to the city that hosted their 2003 UEFA Cup final defeat by Porto, when they memorably took a huge travelling support to Andalusia.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “We had somebody watch them watch play on Monday. We’ve got all the information we need on them. They’ve brought in one or two but they’re a pretty settled team. They had a fantastic season last year and they’ve got an outstanding manager but they’re the type of opposition we want to test ourselves against.
“It’s why we were so pleased to get into this group stage because we knew we’d get some pretty exciting fixtures. We want to enjoy it but we’ll only do that if we have an impact. Can we play our football against some quality opposition home and away?
When is it?
The match will kick off at 5.45pm BST on Thursday 16 September.
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What is the team news?
Real Betis are without injured winger Diego Lainez and defender Youssouf Sabaly. Arsenal loanee Hector Bellerin could start at right-back.
Celtic will have to make do without summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi, who is set for a month on the sidelines after injuring his knee while on international duty with Japan. Also missing will be wingers James Forrest, Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele, who join centre-back Christopher Jullien on the injured list.
Betis: Silva; Bellerin, Barta, Ruiz, Moreno; Rodriguez, Canales; Rodri, Fekir, Tello; Iglesias.
Celtic: Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; Turnbull, McGregor, Rogic; Jota, Ajeti, Abada.