Celtic will face Guiseley for the second time this season, this time in the Blue Square Bet Conference North for what will be Celtic's toughest test of the season so far. Guiseley are currently fourth in the table, on thirty points, twelve points and two places behind Celtic, with two games in hand. There will be a live match centre for this game.
Guiseley have already knocked us out of the FA Cup, and have had a storming season so far, although they are three points behind last season's total at this stage of the season. They have drawn their last two games 2-2 (both away) against Eastwood and Worcester. At home, however, they have a great record, with the only team to beat them being Halifax back in September. Their last home game was against Hyde and they beat our neighbours 2-0.
We do not have a great record against Guiseley, having never won there. Indeed, the last time we beat them was back in March 2000 at Bower Fold. Our last four meetings have been good results for the Yorkshire side, drawing 0-0 at Bower Fold in our last league meeting, knocking us out of the FA Cup this season, and last season, beating us 2-1 in the FA Trophy and 3-1 in the league (both at their place). That said, Celtic's league record this season speaks for itself, with one loss away from home in months when Colwyn Bay beat us, and the Automate Prediction Algorithm suggests we will keep the pressure on Hyde and put more of a gap between us and Guiseley in this six pointer with a suggested 3-1 win.
Guiseley were without goalkeeper Steven Drench and striker Gavin Rothery in their last match, the 2-2 draw away at Eastwood, as they joined a growing injury list. Michael Brough was sent off for a goalline handball in that match, but his suspension does not kick in until the 26th. Defenders Danny Ellis and Mark Bower have both been on the treatment table, and will have to pass late fitness tests ahead of the match. In the Eastwood match, Guiseley lined up as:
1. Jacob Giles
2. Jamie Clarke
3. Michael Brough
4. Simon Ainge
5. Dave Merris
6. Ciaran Toner
7. Danny Boshell
8. Andy Holdsworth
9. Simon Baldry
10. Danny Forrest
11. Kevin Gall
Celtic are back up to full fitness and are suspension free ahead of the clash. Goal scoring England hero, Connor Jennings, will also be available for selection despite scoring the only goal for the England C team on Wednesday against Malta in Gibraltar. In our last match, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jan Budtz
2. Joel Bembo-Leta
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Rhys Meynell
5. Chris Lynch
6. Jack Rea
7. Stephen Brogan
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Phil Marsh
10. Lloyd Ellams
11. Connor Jennings
Guiseley away will never be an easy game, and Guiseley have already shown that they know how to play against passing sides by beating us once already this season, and beating Hyde recently. Gainsborough are at home to stuttering Boston on Saturday, and are probably expected to win that one, whilst Hyde are at home to Colwyn Bay, another game they should be expected to win, so a win for Celtic is vital on Saturday.
Other games on Saturday:
Altrincham (25pts 8th) v Gloucester City (22pts 13th)
Bishops Stortford (14pts 20th) v Worcester City (27pts 7th)
Blyth Spartans (10pts 22nd) v Hinckley United (16pts 18th)
Corby Town (30pts 4th) v Nuneaton Town (27pts 27th)
Droylsden (25pts 9th) v Solihull Moors (20pts 14th)
Gainsborough Trinity (31pts 3rd) v Boston United (24pts 12th)
Harrogate Town (19pts 16th) v Eastwood Town (13pts 21st)
Histon (19pts 15th) v FC Halifax Town (24pts 11th)
Hyde (45pts 1st) v Colwyn Bay (25pts 10th)
Workington (14pts 19th) v Vauxhall Motors (18pts 17th)
From M62 Junction 20 (A627(M)) head towards Leeds.
At Junction 26, leave and join the M606 towards Bradford.
Stay on the M606 until the end and join the roundabout in the right hand lane.
Turn right on the roundabout (exit 6 of 7) onto the A6177 (Rooley Lane) following signs for Leeds Bradford airport.
After a mile, you will reach a roundabout, go straight across (exit 1 of 4).
Almost immediately you will reach another roundabout, again go straight across (exit 2 of 4) to stay on the A6177 (now called Sticker Lane).
You will go straight across three major junctions, and after about 2 1/2 miles you will reach a crossroads, with a minor road straight on.
Turn right onto the A658 (Harrogate Road) still following signs for the airport.
After 1/2 a mile, you will reach a roundabout, go straight on (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A658.
Go straight across the crossroads with the A657 and you will come shortly to a roundabout.
Turn left at the roundabout (exit 1 of 4) onto the A65 (New Road) towards Ilkley.
Stay on the New Road for about a mile.
After a small one way system in the centre of Guiseley, it becomes Otley Road.
The ground is about 1/4 of a mile further on, on the right hand side.
There is a free car-park for the club on the postcode LS20 9PD.