Atletico Madrid and Celtic face off at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night, with Diego Simeone’s men looking to enhance their chances of qualifying from Group E.
The home side suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Las Palmas at the weekend, having previously beaten Deportivo Alaves and Real Sociedad 2-1 on either side of a 3-0 win against Celta Vigo. The return leg of this match resulted in a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park as Atletico Madrid pegged back Celtic twice thanks to goals by Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are unbeaten in their last five outings, having beaten Hearts 4-1 before drawing 2-2 and 0-0 with both Atletico and Hibernian prior to 2-1 and 3-0 victories over St. Mirren and Ross County.
The next game on this Smart Acca comes from the Championship, as 22nd-placed Rotherham United hosts second-in-the-table Ipswich Town at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Rotherham have managed to win just one of their last five matches, with that victory coming at the expense of Coventry City by a 2-0 scoreline. Prior to that match, the Millers had suffered a 2-1 loss to Bristol City after a 1-1 draw with Southampton. Since then, Matt Taylor’s side have suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday before drawing 1-1 with QPR.
Kieran McKenna’s side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City at the weekend thanks to a late brace from Marcus Harness, this came after the Tractor Boys were dumped out of the League Cup by a 3-1 scoreline at home to Fulham. Their previous three league matches before last weekend saw Ipswich beat Plymouth 3-2, Bristol City 1-0 and Preston North End 4-2.
In Group H of the Champions League, Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona go up against one another with Xavi’s men knowing that a win will qualify them for the Round of 16.
The hosts were beaten 2-1 in the return match by Barca following first-half goals from Ferran Torres and Fermin, meaning that they have just three points in the group stages having beaten Antwerp 3-2 after a 3-1 home defeat to FC Porto.
Barcelona have managed to win three of their last four games since drawing 2-2 away at Granada, having beaten Athletic Club 1-0, as well as both Shakhtar 2-1 and Real Sociedad 1-0 on either side of a 2-1 home defeat to Real Madrid.
Crvena Zvezda meets RB Leipzig at Rajko Mitic Stadium in Group G of the Champions League, with the visitors looking to all but confirm their place in the knockout stages of this season’s competition.
Barak Bakhar’s men have suffered two 3-1 away defeats in this season’s Champions League, doing so against Manchester City and Leipzig on either side of a 2-2 home draw with Swiss Super League outfit BSC Young Boys.
Meanwhile, Leipzig enters this match off the back of 2-0 and 1-0 losses to Mainz and Wolfsburg, with the latter mentioned defeat coming in the DFB Pokal. Marco Rose’s men had previously managed a 6-0 win over Koln following back-to-back 3-1 victories over Crvena Zvezda and Darmstadt.
The final game on this Smart Acca comes from the Signal Iduna Park, as Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle go head to head in a crucial encounter in Group F.
Dortmund will be keen to bounce back from the 4-0 thrashing they suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich last time out, as before this, they were unbeaten in their last four matches, beating the likes of Hoffenheim and Newcastle by 1-0 scorelines on either side of a 3-3 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, prior to this, they had also beaten Werder Bremen 1-0 as Julian Brandt scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute.
The Magpies enter this match off the back of 1-0 and 3-0 Arsenal and Manchester United following a 2-2 draw away at Wolves and a 1-0 home defeat to Dortmund after thrashing Crystal Palace 4-0.
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