Kick-off: 1745, 02/11/2022
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
TV: BT Sport
Real Madrid still need to beat Celtic at the Bernabeu to clinch top spot in Champions League Group F and will be hoping to avoid any dramas.
Los Merengues are showing signs of wear and tear following a tough schedule this term, plus their home pitch has been in better shape.
Even so, 31/10 for the Spanish giants to oblige by exactly two goals is our first Real Madrid vs Celtic prediction.
Real Madrid Odds
Real must recover from a frustrating week, which began with a 3-2 loss at RB Leipzig in this competition.
They were then held to a controversial 1-1 draw by Girona at this venue in La Liga, when the visitors were awarded a late penalty via a dubious handball decision.
With Toni Kroos seeing red in the closing stages, Carlo Ancelotti hit out at the match officials, but also admitted Real were below par.
He told the club website: “We could have played differently, been more convincing, aggressive, quicker, but it’s tough at this stage of the season to deliver a high level.
“We’re not at the level we showed last season due to a few issues. We’ve got injured players coming back but they haven’t played much.
“Kroos, Modric, Rodrygo, Valverde, Tchouameni was out. We’re dealing with all of that right now. We have an awful lot of games, it’s a tough spell.”
Marco Asensio had an unhappy weekend, as he missed a good chance to make it 2-0 and was then the player penalised for an alleged handball.
Although used predominantly as a late sub this term, the 26-year-old will be keen to make amends here.
Looking at the 9/2 for him to score the final goal in the game for the third time this term.
Celtic have found life tough at this level once again, claiming just two points from home and away 1-1 draws with Shakhtar.
The Hoops went down 3-0 to Real in Glasgow and were beaten 3-1 and 2-0 by Leipzig.
Ange Postecoglou will be happier with their domestic form, holding a four-point lead over Rangers after Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Livingston made it 11 wins from 12 Premiership outings.
On the weekend success, the Australian said: “I was really pleased, as we had a really strong mentality about our performance.
“From my perspective, that was the pleasing thing, as it can become a really difficult game and I’m not saying it was easy but we controlled it playing our football.”
The Hoops did have their moments in the first half against Real in Glasgow and the feeling is that their best chance of hitting the target could be early on.
That makes 3/1 for both teams to score before the interval a value option for our final Real Madrid vs Celtic prediction.
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