On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to near neighbours, Hyde United (kick off 7:45pm) for the Integro Cup game. Hyde have had a rocky start to the season, winning their opening game, but going on to lose four and draw two to leave them on five points, seven places and six points below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Hyde finished last season in third on ninety-two points, eighteen points above Bamber Bridge and eleven points off top spot, having won twenty-seven of their forty-two matches. This season, having beaten Basford United at Ewen Fields 1-0, they drew away at Witton and away at Nantwich, whilst losing at home to Scarborough and Warrington and, most recently, losing 1-0 away at Grantham. Hyde went out of the FA Cup at the same stage as Celtic, losing 2-0 away at Colne.
Hyde have scored five goals in four of their seven matches, at a rate of 0.75 goals per game (a goal per game at home), keeping one clean sheet at home (to Basford on the opening day) and failing to score once, to Warrington in their last home match. They concede at a rate of 1.7 goals per game at home and 1.3 overall. With two goals, defender John McCombe is their top scorer, with Tom Greaves, Karl Jones and Chib Chilaka grabbing a goal apiece.
It's been three years since the two teams met competitively, the unforgettable 7-1 New Year's Day game in 2015 at Bower Fold when Darius Osei and Dominic Calvert-Lewin burst into prominence, despite only scoring one each in that game, Paul Ennis got a hat-trick and James Cadman a brace. The game before, Celtic's last competitive match at Ewen Fields, saw Calvert-Lewin dominate the second half with a brace and setting up Kevin Holsgrove and Paul Ennis for the game to finish 4-2. Since 1998, we have visited Ewen Fields nineteen times competitively to play Hyde (plus half a dozen friendlies and cup games against other opposition). In those nineteen visits, we have won ten, lost six and drawn three. The last time we lost in the league at Ewen Fields, was March 2010, when Hyde won 2-1, in the three visits since, we have won two and drawn one.
Hyde's team has one familiar face, in Matty Hughes, Celtic's former defender. In Hyde's last match, the 1-0 away loss at Grantham, Hyde lined up as:
1. Peter Crook
2. Kyle Harrison
3. Kyle Brownhill
4. Matty Hughes
5. John McCombe
6. Jordan Fagbola
7. Ross Daly
8. Janni Lipka
9. Chib Chilaka
10. Astley Mulholland
11. Tom Pratt
In Celtic's last match, the 3-2 home win over Bamber Bridge, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Steve Irwin
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharpe
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Neil Kengni
Celtic's injury doubts are Jake Turner, Greg Wilkinson and Tom Brown, but otherwise, Celtic have a full squad ahead of Tuesday night, when Celtic can progress in the Integro League Cup.
|Home win||Basford United||1-0||Sat 18th Aug|
|Away win||Never won away|
|Home defeat||Warrington Town||0-2||Tue 11th Sep|
|Away defeat||Buxton||1-0||Mon 27th Aug|
|Home score||Scarborough Athletic||2-3||Sat 1st Sep|
|Away score||Nantwich Town||1-1||Tue 4th Sep|