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Preview: Spartak Moscow vs. Celtic

Preview: Spartak Moscow vs. Celtic
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Sports Mole previews the Champions League Group G clash between Spartak Moscow and Celtic.

Russian outfit Spartak Moscow welcome Celtic on Tuesday with both clubs searching for their first win in Group G.

Spartak were narrowly beaten away to Barcelona in their first match of the Champions League campaign, while Celtic were held to a goalless draw by Benfica.

The Moscow outfit have won just one of their last 14 Champions League home games, losing eight, but Celtic have not won away from home in Europe in 26 matches.

Barcelona and Benfica are considered as the favourites to emerge from the group, but Spartak will hope to put themselves in the picture with three points against the Scottish outfit.

The home side will be without goalkeeper Andriy Dykan, with Sergei Pesyakov likely to get the nod between the sticks. Meanwhile, skipper Sergei Parshivlyuk, Romulo and Wellington remain on the sidelines.

Celtic are expected to name Gary Hooper in attack, but fit-again Georgios Samaras is also pushing for a place in the starting side.

Recent form:

Spartak Moscow: WWLDL
Celtic: LDWWW

Possible lineups:

Spartak Moscow: Pesyakov; Kombarov, Suchy, Insaurralde, Kombarov; Kallstrom, De Zeeuw; McGeady, Ari, Bilyaletdinov; Dzuba

Celtic: Forster; Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Izaguirre; Forrest, Wanyama, Brown, Mulgrew; Samaras, Hooper

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· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
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· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
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· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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