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Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen Tips - Back Bayer to get 2nd victory
- UEFA Europa League Group G Round 2 fixture will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Thursday (20:00 BST)
- Celtic lost at Real Betis 4-3 in their opening match
- Bayer kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Ferencváros
- This is the first meeting between the two clubs
Florian Wirtz (Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)
Bayer Leverkusen head to Celtic Park with the aim of getting their second win in Group G of the Europa League.
The German club kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Ferencváros. The hosts gave up an early goal before Exequiel Palacios and Florian Wirtz struck to secure the full three points.
Bayer next posted wins over Stuttgart (3-1) and Mainz (1-0) in the Bundesliga to make it three wins in a row in all competitions.
Palacios, however, is ruled out of this game along with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Julian Baumgartlinger, Edmond Tapsoba and Niklas Lomb. Robert Andrich is serving a domestic suspension but is available for selection in this contest.
Celtic are out to bounce back after losing at Real Betis 4-3 in their opening fixture.
The Scottish outfit took a 2-0 lead through goals from Albian Ajeti and Josip Juranovic (penalty). However, the hosts countered with two goals to level at half-time.
Celtic conceded two more goals within three minutes of each other early in the second half to take control. Anthony Ralston struck for the visitors three minutes from time but salvaging a draw in Seville was not meant to be for the Hoops.
Celtic have since registered a loss at Livingston (1-0) in the Scottish Premiership, a win over Raith Rovers (3-0) in the League Cup and a draw against Dundee United (1-1) in the Premiership.
Celtic are without several key players including Kyogo Furuhashi, Karamoko Dembele, Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor, Georgios Giakoumakis, Greg Taylor and James Forrest.
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