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Match Preview :- Southport - Tuesday September 9th, 2008 (19:45:00)
Tuesday night sees Celtic face Southport at Bower Fold again, this time in the Setanta Shield with a 7:45pm kick off. Southport are currently leading the Blue Square North table two points and two places ahead of Celtic, having lost their last match at home to Alfreton. There will be a Live Match Centre for this match.

With two thousand pounds up for grabs to the winner, will both sides be going for the win, or are the rumours about Liam Watson?s reluctance to take part in the competition true? Either way, the ruling regarding selected players means that at least seven of the players that were named on Saturday must be named again. However, this can be circumvented by playing the five named on the bench, and putting two regulars on the bench.

Southport suffered their first ever loss this season on Saturday when Alfreton beat them 1-0. Prior to that saw a draw at Hinckley and a draw at home to Fleetwood. The Alfreton game was the first game this season in which Southport failed to get on the score sheet, though they have managed to keep four clean sheets this season, three of which came from away games. One of those on the road clean sheets came at Bower Fold when Southport beat us 1-0 in the league.

Celtic?s home form is such that we have won one, drawn two and lost one this season, whilst on the road Southport have notched up three wins and a draw, leading the automated prediction algorithm to suggest a 3-1 win for Southport, although in a cup match, all form goes out of the window, and Celtic could easily reverse that prediction to progress to the next round.

In the last ten meetings between the sides, Southport have taken five wins (two at Bower Fold), and Celtic have four wins (two at Bower Fold), with the other game resulting in a 2-2 draw at Bower Fold.

Southport have the best defence so far this season, having conceded only four goals, whilst Celtic have the best attack, having scored eighteen. Something is going to have to give in this match!

Southport were missing a few key players for their Alfreton match through illness and injury, notably Kevin Lee and Chris Lever, and lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Adam Flynn
3. Matty McGinn
4. Earl Davis
5. James Connolly
6. John Doolan
7. Mark Duffy
8. Michael Powell
9. Tony Gray
10. Ciaran Kilheeney
11. Robbie Booth

Celtic may well be without Nathan Joynes for the second game running, as he is still recovering from a swollen ankle suffered whilst scoring the opening goal against Solihull last Tuesday, whilst Terry Barwick?s three match ban for his red card against King?s Lynn the Saturday before does not kick in until we play Harrogate on Saturday. In Celtic?s heroic comeback to win 3-2 away at recently relegated Farsley, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paul Phillips
2. Ashley Woolliscroft
3. Rhys Meynell
4. Barrie Keeling
5. Tarry Barwick
6. Paul Sykes
7. Steve Torpey
8. Keith Briggs
9. Lee Ellington
10. Matty Barlow
11. Chris Williams

Celtic will no doubt rest a few key players in the match, as will Southport, but the ?2000 prize fund on offer will be tempting and Celtic will need to be at their sparkling best to break down a tough Liam Watson defence.
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