Neil Lennon's side faced heartbreak in the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League after a defeat to seventh-placed Hungarian club Ferencvarosi TC. Celtic's Ryan Christie cancelled out the visitors' seventh-minute opener in the second half. Despite a lion's share of possession and shots, the Bhoys were sent crashing out after a late winner from Norwegian forward Tokmac Nguen.
Motherwell, on the other hand, have endured a poor start to the league campaign as they sit on two points and are yet to win a fixture. The Steelmen were mighty impressive last year as they finished third, proving themselves to be the best of the rest after the Scottish giants. They registered more wins (14) than anyone else barring Celtic and Rangers.
Celtic, currently in fourth place after seeing their games postponed after violating the COVID-19 guidelines, will look to make up lost ground on league leaders Rangers. They sit on seven points from three games, five above their upcoming opponents with two games in hand as they chase their tenth successive Scottish title.
Celtic vs Motherwell Head-to-Head
The Bhoys and the Steelmen have locked horns on 98 previous occasions, during which Celtic have undisputedly enjoyed more success. They have won a staggering 67 of those fixtures against Steve Robinson's side, who have only managed 12 victories against Celtic. Nineteen of their games ended in a stalemate.
Motherwell were played off the park by their upcoming opponents in both their previous meetings, losing 4-0 and 2-0.
Celtic are unbeaten in their three league games so far, while Motherwell are yet to register a win, having lost three games and drawn two. It is important to note that the hosts have won 17 out of their last 18 fixtures at Celtic Park.
Celtic form in the Scottish Premiership: W-D-W
Motherwell form in the Scottish Premiership: L-D-D-L-L
Celtic vs Motherwell Team News
Motherwell goalkeeper Scott Fox is out of action until 2021 due to injury concerns, while Nathan McGinley, Charles Dunne, and Jake Carroll are also on the sidelines. Liam Donnelly, the Motherwell midfielder is also expected to miss two months due to a knee injury.
Injuries: Nathan McGinley, Charles Dunne, Jake Carroll, Scott Fox, Liam Donnelly
Celtic star striker Odsonne Edouard did not feature for the Bhoys against their Hungarian opponents in the last game. The Frenchman was struck by a thigh injury, but could return to the XI for this game. Leigh Griffiths is another forward whose participation was doubt due to a calf issue, but is likely to recover in time.
David Turnbull, who recently swapped Motherwell for Celtic, is also set to play a part for the Bhoys on Sunday, as confirmed by Lennon.
Doubtful: Leigh Griffiths
Celtic vs Motherwell Predicted XIs
Motherwell Predicted XI: Trevor Carson, Stephen O'Donnell, Declan Gallagher, Bevis Mugabi, Ricki Lamie, Allan Campbell, Mark O'Hara, Barry Maguire, Sherwin Seedorf, Jordan White, Callum Lang
Celtic vs Motherwell Prediction
The Steelmen would understandably look to frustrate the defending champions by adopting a pragmatic approach for the fixture. Given their poor form of late, barring a 5-1 thrashing in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday, Motherwell would hope to get at least a point from the fixture.
However, Celtic — who have been in simply sumptuous form in the Scottish top-flight — could prove to be too stern a test for Robinson's men. The Bhoys are expected to register a comfortable win against the struggling tenth-placed side and take home three points on the night.
Prediction: Celtic 2-0 Motherwell
Published 28 Aug 2020, 18:46 IST