The tie is balanced after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. But still now with the rreturn leg on home soil, Celtic are the overwhelming favourites to get through. An away goal from the trip to Romania put them in a decent place. The winner of this tie will move on to face Slavia Prague in the playoff round. Read our Celtic v CFR Cluj betting tips for more.
CFC Cluj 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 1:14 p.m.)
Celtic have been well among the goals this season. Across all competitions, they have posted a W6 D1 record from seven played, the draw coming in the first leg of this tie. That is the only game they have played this season too, in which they have not scored at least two goals. Celtic rattled off a 5-2 win at Motherwell in the Scottish top flight on the weekend, making it twelve goals in two games in their title defence on the domestic front so far.
In Europe they started with a 5-2 aggregate win over Sarajevo, before banking a 7-0 aggregate success over Nomme Kalju. After their 1-1 draw in Romania, Celtic are now W5 D3 L1 in their last nine UEFA Champions League games, the draw against Cluj snapping a four-match winning streak. Celtic are also W4 D1 in their last five European games on home soil, scoring at least two goals in each of the wins in that sequence.
The first leg of this tie was the first competitive meeting between the two clubs
Cluj will probably be pretty happy with their work on home soil in not getting beaten by Celtic. They should be fully aware that they are up against it now in Glasgow. CFR Cluj started their European campaign this season in the first qualification round, taking a 3-2 aggregate success over Astana after having lost the first leg away from home 1-0. Then they claimed another 3-2 aggregate success when they took on Maccabi Tel Aviv in the second qualification round.
The Romanians have won just one of their last five Champions League away games now (D3 L1) which actually isn’t all that bad. Their loss at Astana in this season’s campaign is their only road defeat in their last eight away games in the Champions League. They are not going to pose a massive threat to Celtic at Parkhead, but they may put up some early stubborn resistance.
We don’t see any troubles ahead for Celtic. They have been in fine scoring form with Ryan Christie having had a tremendous start to the new season. The challenge of Cluj will fall away from the longer the game wears on. With that having been said, Celtic to win to nil.
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Romania’s CFR Cluj is the next opponent that Celtic have to try and get through on their road to the Champions League group stage. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs, both starting in the first qualifying round. The bookmakers are expecting a tight first leg here looking at the odds presented for the match. Read our CFR Cluj v Celtic betting tips for more.
CFC Cluj 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 5th, 2019 at 10:15 p.m.)
Cluj opened their qualification campaign this season with a tie against Astana. They managed to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to post a 3-2 aggregate success. So that was a struggle for them. It wasn’t a great deal easier for them in the second qualifying round either against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Cluj battled through to a 3-2 aggregate success.
Given their struggles on the road so far this season in the qualifiers, they are going to want to bank a strong home performance here. They are W3 D1 in their last four European home fixtures so they do have that going for them. Only two of their last seven UEFA Champions League matches have gone over the 2.5 goal line.
It feels like a long time since they were playing Manchester United in the group stage of the 2011/12 edition. They are four games into the new Liga 1 season and Club have a W3 D1 record from that.
The two teams will be meeting for the first time
So it’s a road trip up for Celtic first in this tie. They have been untroubled so far on their journey through the first qualifying rounds, giving up just one goal in their four games. They opened with a 5-2 aggregate win over Sarajevo. Then it was a comfortable 7-0 aggregate success over Nomme Kalju that the Scottish Champions earned. So it’s been plain sailing.
Given that they opened their new domestic season on the weekend with a crushing 7-0 win over St Johnstone, it’s far to say Celtic have opened the new season well. It is perhaps just the away form of Celtic that is worth a look. They have won both road games this season (by a two-goal margin) but overall they are W4 D1 L4 in their last nine European road games. Ryan Christie got a hattrick on the weekend taking his tally to five in five games this season.
Celtic do have the goals in them to get through this tie. This will be the toughest test which they have faced so far this season though and it does look to be a tricky away game. But we would back the Scottish champions to handle themselves and get a win, especially at the match outright price.
5th August 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Celtic are well in control of this second qualifying round tie in the UEFA Champions League. They hold a huge advantage in the tie after a 5-0 win over their opponents at Celtic Park. It means that the Scottish Champions can enjoy a fairly relaxed return leg in Tallinn. Read our Nomme Kalju v Celtic betting tips for more.
Nomme Kalju 7/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 4:05 p.m.)
The Estonian just were never going to have an easy night in Glasgow. They didn’t. The Pink Panthers are set for an early exit from the qualifiers after losing the first leg 5-0. The closest that they have ever come to reaching the main draw of a UEFA competition was when they made it to the third qualifying round of the 2016/17 Europa League.
They earned an away-goal success in the first qualifying round of this season’s campaign, taking out Macedonian side Shkhendija. But that was a heavy loss at Celtic Park which is highly unlikely to be overturned. The Estonian outfit are now W2 D1 L4 in their last seven European games. They have alternated between a defeat and a win in their last six home games in European action. Regardless of the actual scoreline, a win in his match would be a huge success for them.
The first leg of his qualifying tie was the first meeting between the two teams
It was easy as you like from Celtic on home soil in the first leg. Ryan Christie scored a brace in the match with the other goals coming from Kristoffer Ajer, Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor. Celtic took a 5-2 aggregate win over Sarajevo in the first qualifying round of this season’s Champions League campaign. So that’s at least two goals in each of their fixtures so far. Boss Neil Lennon will be happy to have gotten a clean sheet in the bag as well. Last season in the Champions League qualifiers Celtic made it to the third round before falling to AEK Athens. They then made it to the round of 32 in the Europa League where they lost to Valencia. Celtic have won just two of their last eight away European games, but both of those wins have been in their last three on the road.
This is the perfect situation for Celtic. They have a big lead in the tie and they don’t have to break a sweat in this return fixture. They have the start of their Premiership title defence coming up on the weekend, so don’t even need to send out a strong side. Celtic to win to nil.
29th July 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Scottish Champions Celtic have a strong advantage in this first qualifying round tie in the UEFA Champions League. They returned from Bosnia with a 3-1 lead in the tie and now with home advantage coming up, they will be expected to close out the job pretty comfortably. Read our Celtic v Sarajevo betting tips for more.
FK Sarajevo 16/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 15th, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.)
Celtic are undefeated in 13 home UEFA qualifiers so that is a positive start to kick things off with for them. In that spell, they are W11 D3 in such fixtures at Celtic Park. The Hoops did concede the first goal of the first leg of this tie but fought their way back to rack up the away goals in a 3-1 win. Celtic responded with goals from Michael Johnston, Odsonne Edouard and Scott Sinclar, who put the icing on the cake five minutes from time. Celtic handled themselves pretty well in what was an intimidating atmosphere. Falling behind looked to actually help them settle into their groove a bit. In last year’s first qualifying round Celtic collected a 6-0 aggregate win over FC Alashkert. They went on to bow out in the third qualifying round to AEK Athens.
The first leg of this tie was the first meeting between the two clubs
Sarajevo will have been pretty happy with their start in the first fifteen minutes of the match. That was when they were at their best, but when they conceded the equaliser it was when the tide turned. They simply sat back and looked to play on the counter-attack. This is their first appearance in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League since 2015 when they lost in the second qualifying round against Lech Poznan 3-0 on aggregate. Last season they started their European campaign in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. They beat Banants but then in the second qualifying road they lost 10-2 on aggregate against Atalanta. The loser of the tie will go to the Europa League third qualifying round. No Bosnian side have ever managed to reach the group stage of a UEFA competition.
Celtic were comfortable in the end in the first leg and this as a contest should be pretty much over. Sarajevo were not a threat after the first fifteen minutes of the match and it should get a bit more difficult for them in Glasgow. Celtic to win to nil.
16th July 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting