UEFA rank Celtic ahead of EPL and Ligue 1 clubs in form guide table
Celtic are one of the form teams to watch in the Europa League, according to UEFA.
The Bhoys were placed second in the UEFA Europa League table, with Napoli sitting atop. Their form guide is based on results in domestic and Europa League results, with Celtic securing 5 wins and a draw in their last 6 games.
Napoli, something of a surprise package in Serie A this season, are top of the league [Sky Sports]. Their early form has been outstanding, amassing 10 wins and a draw from 11 outings. AC Milan, Europa League opponents for Celtic last season, have exactly the same record thus far.
Some familiar names litter the top 10. West Ham, who beat Celtic in pre-season, are flying under David Moyes. Rangers are fifth, unbeaten in 6 themselves, with Galatasaray and Lyon propping up the table.
While Saturday had supporters and pundits alike asking questions, this is excellent stuff from Celtic. Ange Postecoglou, certainly over October, found ways to make his attacking formula work. Much of that success has been down to an improved defence, who have conceded just twice in 6 games.
The challenge now is maintaining that form, both in Scotland and in Europa League action. Ferencvaros are the opponents tomorrow night, with Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen ties finishing the group.
Can Celtic maintain good form in UEFA Europa League?
It’d be a remarkable achievement to come out of our last three UEFA Europa League games unscathed. Surely, nobody in the Celtic support would expect that.
Real Betis look particularly threatening. Manuel Pellegrini’s side may have just squeaked past Celtic on matchday 1, but they’ve secured some excellent results since. Wins over Valencia, Alaves and Rayo Vallecano have them sitting fifth in La Liga. An entertaining 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen was also a highlight.
As for Leverkusen? They’ve gone without a win since besting Arminia Biefeld in early October. They’ve lost to Karlsruher and a 10-man Wolfsburg. A draw with Koln wasn’t too impressive either.
While not many would’ve expected Celtic to qualify from their Europa League group, we are the form team. That’s something to hold onto, as we take on the Hungarian champions tomorrow in Budapest.
Can Postecoglou keep the momentum going? Sure, Livingston was a disappointment, but the overall picture is a pretty one. If the Bhoys can go back to winning ways tomorrow, there’ll be plenty to get excited about.