Tito Vilanova's Barcelona club will look to keep on rolling through the UEFA Champions League group phase this November when they travel to Scotland to take on Celtic in the second of two meetings between the Group G squads.
Barca stunned Neil Lennon's Celtic side in Camp Nou in October, winning 2-1 after Jordi Alba scored with the last kick of the game to give his side three mighty points. Halfway through the group phase, Barcelona boasts three wins and nine points, leading second-place Celtic by five points entering Wednesday's match.
Celtic will be hungry for three points at home, but Barcelona can clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a win away from Spain.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for Wednesday's Group G clash in Glasgow.
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: FOX Soccer Channel
Live Streaming: FOXSoccer2Go
What They're Saying
Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is well aware of what his club must do on Wednesday in order to level the score with Barca at home (via The Telegraph's Ewing Grahame):
We lose the ball carelessly and it ends up a goal. Mistakes starts somewhere and we need to deal with the ball, to keep possession and that will help us hold on to leads late in the game.
Celtic gave up a goal to Jordi Alba late in stoppage time in the two teams' first meeting, and went on to lose the match 2-1. If they are going to earn three, or at least one point this time around, the entire unit must take Ambrose's comments to heart.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova made sure to make it known that his star striker, Lionel Messi is healthy after a scare in this past weekend's win over Celta Vigo (via Haveeru.com):
Messi is fine. After speaking to our doctor, I can tell you he has only suffered a blow on his knee. At first, we were concerned he had twisted his knee, but it was only a knock.
Celtic Player to Watch: Georgios Samaras
The 27-year-old forward has a goal in Celtic's last two UEFA Champions League matches, including the club's lone 18th-minute goal against Barcelona last month.
Samaras is a very talented player and will be the man Lennon calls upon to create chances in the rare moments in which Celtic is on the ball. Samaras is as smart as they come and has proved how deadly he can be in the past, scoring the game-winner against Spartak earlier this season.
If the home side gets on the board Wednesday, there's a good chance Samaras will be responsible.
Barcelona Player to Watch: Lionel Messi
Although fans should keep an eye out for Barca defender Gerard Pique, who's expected to play for the first time in nearly two months on Wednesday, the most entertaining player on the pitch for the visiting side will be Lionel Messi.
Arguably the planet's top player, Messi has 17 goals in 14 appearances for Barca in 2012-13. He scored twice in his first UEFA Champions League outing against Spartak Moscow, but has gone scoreless in his last two matches, including the October showdown with Celtic.
Watch for Messi to attack from the opening kick on Wednesday as he looks to lead his club to its fourth UEFA victory in as many matches.
Barcelona possessed the ball more than 80 percent of the time against Celtic in the teams' first meeting, and I don't see that changing this time around. Add in the fact that Pique should be back in defense, and you have the perfect recipe for a Barca victory. The venue has changed, sure, but the result will not.
Celtic 1, Barcelona 2
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