Celtic didn’t have difficult task in the second qualifying round when the team won over Northern Irish side Linfield 6:0 on aggregate score, taking 2:0 victory away from home in the first leg and sealing the progress to the third round with convincing 4:0 victory last Wednesday evening.
They have opened the game in the best possible manner, with a goal in fourth minute by Sinclair already, being much more dominant during all ninety minutes, creating many chances and scoring three more in the second halftime, via Rogic in 48th, Sinclair again in 54th, while Armstrong sealed their victory in third minute of additional time. In between of two Champions League matches, they lost in friendly game against French side Lyon 0:4, but rested most of the important players and gave playing chance to more fringe ones. Their season is set to start in ten days, so the team is quite near to more competitive form.
In comparison to previous season, defender Boyata and forward Griffiths won’t be playing here, while doubtful are defender Svitachenko and forward Dembele.
Rosenborg, on the other side, were huge favorites on paper in the second qualifying round against champions from Ireland Dundalk, but the team had to find their qualification to the next stage only after overtime played in the second leg. First leg in Ireland finished as a 1:1 draw, with Norwegians being a bit more concrete, however with the home team giving them more than a difficult game.
Players of Dundalk were defending mostly in the second leg, but were lucky to take the lead in 12th minute via Gartland, while the Norwegians leveled up in 43rd via de Lanlay, sealing the progress only in 98th minute when Vilhjalmsson scored the winning goal. Overall, it was deserved progress for the players of Rosenborg, but they will have to improve a lot in defense in order to match up against Celtic, since they conceded goals easier than what it should be.
As for the domestic league, they are in the middle of the season with five points more than second placed Sarpsbrog going towards another Eliteserien title. Midfielder Stamnestro (13/0) is doubtful for this one.
Celtic is a favorite here and should be able to get the victory here, maybe even searching for a win that might secure them progress already to the next phase. Rosenborg knows that they can’t just wait behind the ball here and that’s something that should open up the clash here. Celtic alone might be able to score three goals here.