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City out to prolong home run as Celtic sign off

Already qualified for the last 16, Manchester City will look to maintain their 100% home record in Group C when they host Celtic, who are playing their last European game of the season.

Raheem Sterling tussles with Nir Bitton during the sides' 3-3 draw at Celtic Park
Raheem Sterling tussles with Nir Bitton during the sides' 3-3 draw at Celtic Park ©AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City are looking to maintain their 100% home record in this season's UEFA Champions League when they welcome Celtic FC on matchday six.

• City have already qualified for the round of 16 as group runners-up after their 1-1 draw at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on 23 November. On the same night, Celtic's place at the foot of Group C was cemented by a 2-0 home defeat by FC Barcelona.

Previous meetings
• Prior to the clubs' 3-3 draw in Glasgow on matchday two, they had only previously met in friendly matches. City beat Celtic 2-1 in Manchester in August 2009 with Gareth Barry and Carlos Tévez scoring either side of Chris Killen. Pablo Zabaleta was in City's team that day along with Kolo Touré, now a Celtic player.

• The sides had drawn 1-1 in a July 2008 friendly at Celtic Park, Paul McGowan cancelling out Martin Petrov's strike for City.

Match background

Manchester City
• Already assured qualification for the fourth consecutive season, City are looking to secure a hat-trick of home group stage victories for the first time.

• Including their play-off win over FC Steaua Bucureşti, City have scored eight goals in their three European home outings this term. They are unbeaten in eight home matches in UEFA club competition (W6 D2).

• This is the first time City have hosted a team from Scotland in an official match, though they did beat Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone FC 3-0 in a pre-season friendly behind closed doors at the City Football Academy on 3 August. Fabian Delph, David Silva and Fernandinho were the scorers.

Celtic
• Celtic (D2 L3) are still seeking a first win in Group C in their final European fixture of the season.

• Overall they are without a victory in the UEFA Champions League proper since beating AFC Ajax 2-1 in Glasgow in October 2013. Their record since reads W0 D2 L6. Including the UEFA Europa League they are on a 14-match winless run in group stage fixtures in UEFA competition.

• Celtic have lost their last three away games against English clubs, conceding three goals on each occasion.

• Their overall record in England is W3 D2 L4. The last of their three victories was a 2-0 success at Liverpool FC in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

Coach and player links
• Brendan Rodgers' first match managing in the Premier League was a 4-0 defeat at City with Swansea City AFC in August 2011. His Liverpool team finished two points behind City in the race for the league title in 2013/14. His record against them with the Reds was W2 D2 L2.

• Rodgers' overall record against City in Manchester, meanwhile, is W0 D1 L3.

• Rodgers gave Raheem Sterling his first league start as a Liverpool player in October 2012.

• Kolo Touré played for City from 2009 to 2013 and won the Premier League (2012) and FA Cup (2011) with the club. Last season he appeared as a 25th-minute substitute in the Liverpool team beaten on penalties by City in the English League Cup final.

• Yaya Touré, brother of Kolo, is a City player but is absent from their UEFA Champions League squad.

• Patrick Roberts is on loan at Celtic from City where he played three games last term – one in the Premier League and two in the English League Cup.

• Dedryck Boyata was a City player between 2008 and 2015 but made only 13 Premier League appearances.

• Sterling and John Stones played in the England team who earned a 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against the Scotland of Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths at Wembley Stadium on 11 November.

• Kevin De Bruyne helped Belgium win 1-0 at Nir Bitton's Israel in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier in March 2015. Vincent Kompany also played but was sent off.

• Have played together:
Kolo Touré & Sterling (Liverpool FC)
Scott Sinclair & Fabian Delph (Aston Villa FC)
Logan Bailly, Boyata & Kompany (Belgium)

• Mark Lawwell, son of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, works for City as their scouting information and content manager.

• Billy McNeill, Celtic's European Cup-winning captain in 1967, was City manager between 1983 and 1986.

Match facts

Manchester City
• Fernandinho serves a one-game ban on matchday six. Sterling is a booking away from a suspension.

• Fernandino and Sergio Agüero were both sent off deep into added time as City lost 3-1 at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea FC on Saturday.

• City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 matches in all competitions.

• Agüero has scored two goals or more in a game on six occasions this season, most recently against Burnley FC (W2-1) on 26 November.

• Agüero (152 goals) is level with Joe Hayes in fourth place on the club's all-time scorers' list, one goal behind Colin Bell in third and 26 shy of leader Eric Brook.

• Guardiola said on 25 November that Kompany will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.

Celtic
• Celtic's five defeats this season have all been in the UEFA Champions League. The Hoops are on a 18-game unbeaten run in domestic competition.

• The Glasgow side had kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight domestic matches prior to Saturday's 4-3 victory at Motherwell FC.

• Celtic won their 100th senior trophy when they beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the final of the Scottish League Cup on 27 November to give Rodgers his first trophy as a manager.

• Moussa Dembélé has scored 21 goals for club and country this season.

• Brown is now the second most successful captain in Celtic's history with 11 trophies. Billy McNeill, skipper of the 1967 European Cup-winning side, leads the way with 23.

• Sinclair has not played since sustaining a hamstring strain on matchday five.

Chapecoense commemoration
Teams taking part in all of the matchday six UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will observe a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of last week's air disaster involving the Chapecoense team and accompanying delegation. The Brazilian club lost most of their players and coaching staff in the accident, which occurred in Colombia, where Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional.

"European football is united in expressing its deepest sympathy to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF], CONMEBOL and the families of all the victims," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "This tragedy has shaken the world of football, and we would like to send our support to all of those affected by it."