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With Lionel Messi injured, Neymar will be the main man for Barcelona in their Champions League game against Celtic. Reuters
With Lionel Messi injured, Neymar will be the main man for Barcelona in their Champions League game against Celtic. Reuters
With Lionel Messi injured, Neymar will be the main man for Barcelona in their Champions League game against Celtic. Reuters

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Barcelona suffered a surprise loss to Ajax in the previous matchday of the Champions League. The Catalan giants will ensure the run does not extend to two losses, when they host already-eliminated Celtic at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Barca lead Group H at the moment by two points from AC Milan, who face Ajax in a winner-take-all match at the San Siro.

A draw is enough to ensure the Spanish champions, who have already qualified for the knockout rounds, top spot in Group H.  Barcelona will also be keen to bounce back from the 2-1 loss suffered at the Amsterdam Arena to Ajax on matchday five.

"The game remains very important as we want to finish top of the group," Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino said. "We need to win on Wednesday and put in a good performance. Distributing the ball with pace and precision is vital because we won't be afforded much space. We must also be effective in applying pressure when we lose possession to avoid getting hit on the counterattack.

"The game is important in terms of qualification and morale. We want to qualify as group winners, make the last 16 of the Copa del Rey and be top of the league by Christmas.

"There have been games where we haven't been at our best this season. I expect us to get better as time goes on. It's the reaction of the group when things aren't going our way which is most important."

Celtic's European hopes of remaining in the Champions League past the group stages ended with a 3-0 loss to Milan a couple of weeks back, and with third place, and Europa League qualification, also a no-go, the Scottish side will go into the Camp Nou with nothing to lose.

Celtic players during a training session, December 10. Reuters
Celtic players during a training session, December 10. Reuters

"Getting a good result against Barca is important in terms of the context of the season and also looking ahead to the next one," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said. "We are without doubt going to have to play a great game.

"We will need a lot of discipline and tactical prowess. We will need to be brave with the ball. Yet even in doing all those things, it still might not be enough to win against Barca. We have had some good moments this term.

"These types of games represent huge occasions for us and the truth is that I am really eager for this game to start as soon as possible. There is a lot of respect between both clubs. They are two institutions that get along very well."

Team news: Barcelona: Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta are expected to return after missing the 4-1 Copa Del Rey victory over Cartagena at the weekend, while Lionel Messi, Victor Valdes and Dani Alves remain ruled out. Cesc Fabregas also misses out through suspension.

Celtic: Emilio Izaguirre is suspended, with Giorgios Samaras and Nir Biton doubts. Beram Kayal, Steve Mouyokolo and Tom Rogic remain sidelined, but Adam Matthews returns after two months out.

Key men: Barcelona: Neymar will be the main man for the Spanish side yet again in the absence of talisman Messi.

Celtic: Kris Commons scored a brace against Motherwell at the weekend and the playmaker will be keen to continue his goalscoring run.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start on Thursday morning with live coverage on Ten HD in India. You can also catch the match via live streaming by clicking HERE. Viewers in the U.S. can do the same by clicking HERE. To catch the action courtesy live streaming in the U.K., click HERE. Middle East and North Africa viewers click HERE.

Expected lineups: Barcelona: Pinto, Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Sanchez, Neymar.

Celtic: Forster, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Mulgrew, Lustig, Brown, Ledley, Boerrigter, Commons, Pukki, Stokes.

Prediction: 3-0 to Barcelona