Celtic will be making a tricky trip to the Balkans for the first leg of this Champions League tie against Sarajevo. This is action from the first qualifying round of the competition, so there is a long road ahead to reach the main competition. Read our Sarajevo v Celtic betting tips for more.
FK Sarajevo 4/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 7th, 2019 at 3:49 a.m.)
Scottish Champions Celtic get their first taste of competitive action for the summer. The club decided to keep on Neil Lennon last season after he came in late into the term, following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester. Lennon also guided them to the FA Cup title. Naturally, there is going to be a bit of rust in the ranks and this isn’t likely to be a full strength team sent out. This could be a tricky little first away leg though if they underestimate their opponents. It’s not often that a really easy way game in Europe will happen.
Sarajevo are the national champions. They won the Bosnian league by five points last season. This isn’t their first taste of Champions League football. Prior to this season, their most recent appearance was in the 2015/16 second qualifying round where they lost 3-0 on aggregate to Lech Poznan. In the 2007/08 season, they did get through the first two qualifying round before losing to Dynamo Kyiv in the third. Sarajevo’s record in the Europan Cup/Champions League is W2 D2 L8 having scored 19 and conceded 19 goals. They have lost each of their last four games in the competition (all qualifiers).
This may just be a matter of getting a tidy job done by Celtic. There’s no need to go for broke of course with the second leg to come back on home soil. It could be a muted night out in Bosnia and it may just be worth a look at the draw.
8th July 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This tie is nicely poised now after a 1-1 draw between the two sides at Celtic Park a week ago. The Greeks have a slight advantage with the away goal in the bag and home soil for the second leg. It means that Celtic, who failed to take advantage of an extra man in the leg will definitely have to find the back of the net on Tuesday evening.
AEK Athens 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.)
So it was a pretty good job done by the Greeks in the first leg at Celtic Park. After having fallen behind in the game and having gone down to ten men in the second half, they held themselves together well to stick in this tie. They did a fantastic job in shutting down the high-paced game that Celtic were trying to throw at them and they were good value for their equaliser when it game which just raised their confidence through the roof. Home advantage back in the soaring temperatures of Athens could tip this tie in favour of AEK Athens. Either way, we are looking under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).
AEK Athens got past this third qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League last season and then beat Club Brugge in the playoff round. They then impressed by getting out of their group stage in the main draw of the Champions League with a W1 D5 record and they held out for 0-0 draws in their two games against AC Milan. That is nine draws in their last eleven games then for AEK Athens (W2) so they are on a nice unbeaten streak of form. They were very strong defensively in the first leg and the 0-0 draw, the minimum to get them through has to have some appeal for AEK Athens v Celtic betting tips* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).
So it was a home wobble from Celtic in the first leg and they just ran out of steam and creativity in the second half. They couldn’t find that spark to break through the defensive setup of their opponents who were a man down. So they have to hit the back of the net on Tuesday night which may not be easy under the stifling conditions out in Greece. Both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds. To make things a little more uneasy, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Hearts on the weekend which has sparked all sorts of talk about their fear-factor having gone.
Celtic took a 3-0 win at FC Alashkert in their first away game of the season in Europe, before playing out a 0-0 draw at Rosenborg in the last qualifying round. Both of those were after positive home results in the first legs though, so this is going to be a new and tougher test for them. They can’t afford to misfire. But they are five games unbeaten in Europe which counts for something but they are going to have to find a more clinical touch. The other concern about them will be the fact that they have managed just the one clean sheet in their last five games overall (conceding exactly one in each of those four matches during that sequence). Odsonne Edouard is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) for the game.
The first leg of this tie was the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
AEK Athens are no mugs in Europe and they showed that last season. They are on a long unbeaten streak of form in European action at the moment and they know that a 0-0 suits them down to a tee. They will be strong defensively and an AEK Athens +0.5 Asian Handicap at 5/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) which means a half-win if they draw, a full payout for a win.
13th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Celtic enter into UEFA Champions League Third Round qualifying action on Wednesday night as they will be looking to produce a solid home performance in the first leg of their tie against Greek side AEK Athens. It has been so far so solid from the Scottish Champions who started in the first qualifying round. The Greek Super League champions are entering at this stage.
AEK Athens 15/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.)
Celtic have looked pretty tidy so far at the start of the new season. They got an early competitive start to the summer having had to enter at the first round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying. They opened their account with a 6-0 aggregate win over Alashkert and then it was a 3-1 aggregate success over Rosenborg in the next round. Then they were in Scottish Premiership action on the weekend as the new season opened there and they collected a win over Livingston. So Celtic have scored exactly three goals in each of their three home games played but for our Celtic v AEK Athens betting odds, we are looking under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 3/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.) as Athens will be the toughest opponent Celtic have come up against.
The Greeks weren’t prolific in front of goal through their pre-season which should keep the score down too. Celtic have a big opportunity on home soil here to give themselves a nice cushion in the time so the impetus is going to be on them to come out and push for the goals. To that end, Ousmane Edouard seems to have settled well at the club with three goals in his last two appearances at Celtic Park and he is going to be a decent option in the anytime goalscorer market. Celtic are targeting their third straight appearance in the group stage of the Champions League.
This is the first competitive game of the new season for AEK Athens then, so Celtic should have the edge on them in terms of match sharpness. The Greeks posted a W1 D2 L1 record from their four pre-season games last month and they only scored in one of those four games. The last competitive action for AEK Athens was back in May when they lost to Panathinaikos in the Greek Super Cup Final. Last season the Greeks entered at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League where they lost out to CSKA Moscow and then dropped to the playoff round of the Europa League.
Athens got the better of Belgian side Club Brugge in the Europa League play-off round, landing in the group stage. They did actually get out of the group stage last season as well but were stopped in the round of 32. Still, that was a pretty successful run by them and shows that Celtic have to be cautious over this tie. AEK Athens failed to score in seven of their twelve European games last season, so both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.). AEK Athens have won just one of their last eight European away games (D5 L2) and have failed to score in six of their last seven.
Celtic and AEK Athens have never before met competitively.
We are going to back Celtic to produce a win on home soil to give themselves a foothold in the tie. There isn’t a massive offensive threat from the Greek outfit and Celtic should be able to hold out and collect a win to nil.
7th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Celtic have given themselves a good leg up in this Champions League qualifier as they banked a 3-1 success on home soil in the first leg. But they did give up that away goal which does leave the door open a little bit for Rosenborg back on home soil. But overall it has been a solid start from Celtic and our prediction for the Rosenborg v Celtic second leg is that the Scots will do enough to progress.
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 28th, 2018 at 10:43 p.m.)
Rosenborg did have a good start at Celtic Park in the first leg, putting together a good 15 minutes shift at the start of the match. Their preparations were upset as their manager was sacked and the players were reportedly upset and annoyed by that. But they did pretty well and got the opening goal of the game. They are the Champions of Norway and there was enough between the two sides in that first leg to warrant backing both teams to score at 8/11 odds for the second leg* (Betting Odds were taken from July 28th, 2018 at 10:43 p.m.).
Rosenborg do have to step out and trying and find a way to attack in this contest. Rosenborg are well into their domestic season so they are match sharp and match fit, unlike Celtic who are technically still in their pre-season. The Norwegians are W4 L4 in their last eight games, but they have only suffered the one home defeat this season across all competitions. Rosenborg lost the first leg of their first qualifying round tie against Valur and turned it around on home soil.
Celtic’s defence was not good early on in the first leg but boss Brendan Rodgers had the presence of mind to change his side’s tactics and it settled them down. The star of the show as the Scottish Champions fought back, was Odsonne Edouard who got himself a brace in the game. That is three goals in three Champions League games this season for Edouard. Rodgers said after the game that his side could have scored five of six and to be fair they did create plenty more chances as the game wore on.
This is probably just going to end up being about them weathering any early storm out in Trondheim and settling down and navigating their way through the game. It is a pretty solid advantage that they have and they should be able to open up the defence of the Norwegians if they need to. Celtic recorded a 3-0 win on the road against Alashkert in the last round, winning the tie 6-0 on aggregate. They should be good enough to handle themselves in this fixture.
These two know each other pretty well. This will be the eighth meeting between them and Celtic hold a W5 D1 L1 record from those. Celtic hold a positive W2 L1 record out at Rosenborg. The last time these two met was there was in last season’s qualifiers and took a 1-0 win there. Celtic won the tie 1-0 on aggregate. Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings between the two clubs. The winners meet AEK Athens in the third qualifying round and whoever is eliminated faces Cork City in the Europa League third qualifying round.
We can see Celtic doing enough in the game to get themselves through to the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celtic just have to stay focused and in shape, at the back, because there were times in that first leg they looked really sloppy in defence. We are backing Celtic to do enough by getting the draw.
30th July 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
After easing their way past Alashkert in the first qualifying round of this season’s UEFA Champions League, Celtic move on to face the Norwegian champions Rosenborg. The Bhoys get a home opener which should set them up well. Rosenborg were also in action in that first qualifying round, having gotten the better of Valur.
*(Betting Odds were taken from July 22nd, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.)
Celtic posted a 6-0 aggregate win over Alashkert in the first qualifying round, posting a 3-0 win in each leg of that contest. That was even with playing 80 minutes of the second leg at Celtic Park with just the ten men. Anyway, Moussa Dembele got a brace in that home leg to get his account opened for the season and he is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market if he is playing (he picked up a slight knock in that game). James Forrest got a goal in both legs against the Armenians. It is hard to take a lot out of those games against Alashkert because Celtic’s opponents looked really out of their depth and this will be a stiffer challenge.
They will have to juggle things at the back at bit as Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are resting after World Cup duties and Marvin Compper is out injured. Jozo Simunovic was the one red carded against Alashkert so is suspended. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 17/20 odds *(Betting Odds were taken from July 22nd, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.) as this will not be as easy as it was against Alashkert. But overall it has been a positive introduction into what is really early summer action for the Scottish Champions. They will want to make the most of home advantage in the first leg.
Both teams not to score in the game is at 4/7 odds*(Betting Odds were taken from July 22nd, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.) and that is worth a look. Each of the last four games between these have returned that option. Rosenborg put up a stiff challenge against Celtic in the second qualifying round last season but came up short in 1-0 aggregate defeat. They are well organised and they are well into their domestic season. So they are up and running in full match fitness and sharpness. They don’t give up too much up at the back so again we are expecting a low scoring game. A Celtic 1-0 option is at 5/1 in the bet365 correct score market. This will be very difficult away game for Rosenborg who got past Valur 4-1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round. They haven’t been to the UEFA Champions League group stage since the 2007/08 season and there’s a long road ahead to get back there.
There is some recent history between Celtic and Rosenborg as this will be the seventh game between the clubs. It’s good news for Celtic are they are 4-1 up in the head to head with the one drawn game. They were together last summer in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, with Celtic getting a narrow 1-0 aggregate win.
The Norwegians are a well-organised side and they have the advantage of being midway through their domestic season. They battled well against Celtic last season at this stage but came up short and we are expecting the same. Back Celtic to win to nil.
22nd July 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
As excepted Celtic opened up a comfortable lead from the first leg of this first qualifying round tie against Alashkert. So pretty much the tie is already settled with the action from the second leg to come from Parkhead. We are likely looking at more of the same for our Celtic v Alashkert bettings tips on Wednesday night. Namely a comfortable Celtic win.
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)
The Scottish Champions are well in control of this tie then after a commanding 3-0 win out in Armenia last week. The real damage was done in the second half of the match and it was, by and large, a matter of patience from Celtic. It wasn’t a game where Celtic had total control because they did have a bit of test in some pretty severe head. The Bhoys went with two men up front with Moussa Dembele and Edouard paired up and the latter, after signing a permanent deal in the summer opened the scoring just before the break. Celtic to win to nil is at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for the second leg of this contest as well.
Even though Celtic got a couple more goals late on, they really didn’t press home their advantage in the second half of the match. They still looked rusty so that is all understandable. There was some sloppy stuff and not a high degree of intensity, but at the end of the day, that’s a solid 90 minutes test under their belt. The challenge of the Armenians should fade away the long this tie ticks over without them having gotten back into it. In the bet365 correct score market a Celtic 3-0 is not an unreasonable 5/1 poke* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for this second leg.
So Alashkert missed their big opportunity on home soil and there is something more than a mountain for the Yellows to climb now this week. They do have some previous experience in the Champions League qualifiers. They had made it past the first rounds in their previous two Champions League qualification campaigns but never got past the second qualifying round. This season isn’t likely to see them get ahead to even the second round. They did beat St Johnstone in the first qualifying round of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League on away goals. That is their only previous experience against Scottish sides before this clash with Celtic. They did have a couple of chances in that first leg but we don’t see them working their way back into this tie and therefore both teams NOT to score is a decent Celtic v Alashkert betting tip at 4/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).
The first leg was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. The winners of this tie will go and face Valur Reykjavík or Rosenborg in the second qualifying round. The loser will drop to the Europa League qualifiers and meet either Astana or Sutjeska in the second qualifying round there.
Simple enough and straightforward enough to go and back Celtic to win to nil in this second leg. Alashkert missed the boat in that first leg on home soil and Celtic will only be better for that workout in 30-degree heat in Yerevan.
16th July 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The summer starts early for Celtic as they have to try and drag themselves through the many qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League to get to the main draw. They start in the First Qualifying Round this season and the Scottish Champions go out to Armenia to face Alashkert in what will be the first meeting between the two sides. Whoever loses this tie overall will go to the Europa League qualifiers.
Alashkert are the reigning champions in Armenia so that is why they are here. This is obviously one of those situations where little is known about the team and what they are capable of. Like Celtic, Alashkert have not played anything competitively since mid-May now. Last season in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers they did get to the second qualifying round after making progress past Santa Coloma in the first. They then crumbled 4-2 on aggregate to Bate Borisov in the second qualifying round. They did also get past the first qualifying round the season before as well. The Yellows are likely going to need to get something out of this home fixture if they are going to cause an upset. This is such early season and they will be hoping to catch Celtic cold so we like the look of over 2.5 goals at bet365 for even money* (Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018). They will recognise that they have to have a go at this first leg. The Armenians did beat St Johnstone in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
A clean sheet for Celtic in this one would probably make the return fixture non-competitive, but we are going to back them to concede. Both teams to score, to back up our earlier option is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018) and just worth a flutter. Celtic will be the better of the two in terms of quality but they are obviously not going to be up to match sharpness and fitness at all. Surprisingly the Parkhead outfit haven’t been splashing the cash around all that much in the summer transfer market so they may be happy with their lot. They did get Edouard in a permanent deal from PSG so the youngster will bolster their attacking options. At the end of the day in the tie, there shouldn’t be any stresses for Celtic who should make it through comfortably to the next round. This is just one of those tricky opening fixtures though when the boss will be looking at fringe players and just hoping to muddle their way through and do anything they need to do back in Glasgow.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
Winners play Valur Reykjavík/Rosenborg in the second qualifying round
Losers meet Astana/Sutjeska in the Europa League second qualifying round
Alashkert FC 9/1
* (Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018)
It is one of those betting situations where it is hard to really know what to do here. Celtic are the better side but may face a spirited showing by the Yellows who will want to impress on home soil. We are simply sticking with backing both teams to score in the first leg.
9th July 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is a scrap for the third place in Group B and it is Celtic who are holding the position of power when it comes to that. That is because they took a comfortable away win in Belgium when the two met earlier in the group. So that means that Anderlecht have to go to Celtic Park and win by a three goal margin in order to snatch third from the Scottish Champions. Celtic are 4/5 to take the win, with the draw at 14/5 and Anderlecht at 3/1.
Celtic took a comfortable 3-0 away win in Belgium on match day two so that has left them in a strong position to move through to the Europa League. So they would have to lose this by a three goal margin to miss out on third place in the group. If Celtic were to lose this 3-0 exactly, then they would finish bottom because Anderlecht would have a better overall goal difference in the group. The only previous time that these two met was in the 2003/04 season when home wins were traded on that occasion. But Celtic’s 3-0 away win in this season’s competition really is a good indicator for the return game. Up in the William Hill correct score market, a Celtic 2-0 is a decent 9/1 proposal because frankly, their opponents haven’t looked up to much at all. Celtic suffered 5-0 loss against PSG and a 2-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in their other two home games.
When they took that win over Anderlecht earlier in the group, Celtic snapped a ten game run of winless matches in the group stage of the Champions League (D3 L7) which expanded over four years. That was also their biggest away victory in the Champions League ever. That has been their only win still in their last 19 group stage fixtures across the Champions League and Europa League competitions though (D7 L11) so they are European strugglers. They have also won just one of their last nine home games in the Champions League proper as well, losing seven of those. That having been said, they have won all three previous European games against Belgian visitors, one of them a 3-1 victory over Anderlecht. Over 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 3/5 and Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele are joint even money anytime goalscorer favourites.
Anderlecht have been to Scotland five times before and they have failed to win any of those in a D2 L3 record. Once before Anderlecht have lost all six of their Champions League group stage matches in a season and they could become only the second team ever (Dinamo Zagreb) to have suffered that fate twice if they lose at Celtic Park on Tuesday. They are winless on the road in their last fourteen away games in the UEFA Champions League and this season on their travels have suffered a 3-0 loss at Bayern, a 5-0 loss at PSG. Since a 1-0 win at Real Betis in 2005, they are D8 L6 on the road. Celtic to win to nil at William Hill may have appeal as Anderlecht have failed to hit the back of the net in five of their last 11 games across all competitions and have lost nine of their 22. They are probably going to struggle again against the Scottish Champions.
Celtic showed enough in the first meeting with Anderlecht to suggest that they can round off their group stage campaign with a victory in this one at least. Anderlecht have struggled badly and have looked out of their depth all along and Celtic can power through to the Europa League.
4th December 2017 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Despite glimmers of fight and promise, Celtic have come up short in the UEFA Champions League again. A point though at least guarantees them a place in the Europa League. As for PSG they only need a point as well to go and win the group, staving off the challenge of Bayern Munich Before the two heavyweights meet on Match Day Six. PSG are 1/10 odds on to take this win on home soil with the draw at 8/1 and Celtic are a big 20/1 underdog price.
Paris will take the top spot in this group over Bayern Munich with a victory in this match day five fixture. They are red hot favourites do just that. Earlier in the campaign Paris won 5-0 in Glasgow, inflictingn Celtic’s biggest ever European home defeat on the Scottish champions. Unai Emery’s team are flying with four wins from four so far in the group and these group stage meetings this year comes after their only previous encounters which was back in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup second round. PSG won 4-0 on aggregate over the two legs in that one. PSG have been racking up the goals in the group and over 3.5 goals at bet356 is a price of 1/2. They have beaten Bayern Munich 3-0 and Anderlecht 5-0 in the City of Lights so far in their home fixtures this season. In total they have scored 17 goals in their four group wins so far and they have not conceded any either.
PSG to win to nil at bet365 is going to have big appeal at a price of 5/6. PSG will also be defending an unbeaten history against Scottish opposition as well, having gone W4 D3 in previous games and they are W2 D1 at home against visitors from Scotland. Their home record overall in Europe is fantastic as they have only lost one of their last 45 European home games since a loss against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage. In that sequence of home games, they are W29 D15 L1. There will likely be goals for them in this one and Edinson Cavani is the 15/8 first goalscorer favourite at bet365 with Neymar at 11/4. Cavani has 19 goals in 17 club matches this season while Neymar has five goals in five Champions League games against Celtic. Throw the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler in here and they aren’t short of attacking quality. They average over 3.5 goals per game this season in all competitions and are unbeaten in 22 games in all competitions too.
Celtic are simply relegated to playing for third place in the group and that is it. It’s been another rough ride for them but they have shown in patches, plenty of fight and spirit at least. Celtic have just the one win from their four games in the group so far and that was against bottom side Anderlecht. They would only need a draw against the Belgians in their final group stage match to lock in third place in the group. Their win over Anderlecht is Celtic’s only victory in their last 19 group stage fixtures across the Champions League and Europa League competitions. Their victory in Belgium on match day two ended a ten-game (D3 L7) streak of winless form in the Champions League group stage which stretched out over four years. Both teams to score in this fixture at bet365 is a price of 19/20 and Celtic haven’t been without their chances in the group, even though some finishing has been wasteful.
Celtic have failed to win any of their last six trips to France (D2 L4) and their only win there happened in their first ever trip there against Nantes in their victorious 1966/67 European Cup campaign. Celtics overall record against French clubs is W5 D2 L8. For quite a while now they have been poor travellers in Europe and a win at Lingfield in the qualifying rounds this season snapped an 11 match winless streak that Celtic were on in Europe (D6 L5). This is going to be a really big ask for them and their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market is Leigh Griffiths at 2/1 who is the same price a PSG defender Dani Alves. That tells you something. Despite being unbeaten in 64 domestic matches, they are unlikely to survive this ordeal.
PSG can seal top spot in the group in this one and that will mean that they won’t be taking their foot off the gas in the game. So Celtic are probably in for another difficult night and PSG are value to back to win the game to nil.
19th November 2017 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Celtic still have good ambitions for at least a UEFA Europa League spot earned from Group B of the UEFA Champions League. They have three points on the board thanks to their win over Anderlecht, but they lost against Bayern Munich on Match Day Three and another defeat at the hands of the Germans would leave their Champions League qualification hopes in tatters. Bayern will get through to the round of sixteen if they win and PSG avoids defeat. Bayern Munich are 1/3 odds on favourites at William Hill for the win, with the draw at 5/1 and Celtic are at 15/2.
There’s a big job ahead of Celtic on Tuesday night in the Champions League. The Scottish Champions will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and Paris avoid defeat on the same night when they face Anderlecht. Celtic were easily brushed aside in a 3-0 defeat out in Germany on match day three and now have to try and turn that around. The positive is really that they have nothing to lose in the match. Just in general Celtic need to improve their home form in Europe as they have won just two of their last European home matches (W2 L3). If you break that down into the Champions league proper then they have won just one of their last eight home games in the competition (W1 L6). No matter how much they step up their game, it hards to imagine them knocking down Bayern Munich. But both teams to score punt at William Hill is a decent 3/4 poke just to see Celtic make a breakthrough.
The only previous time that Celtic met Bayern Munich was in the 2003/04 group stage when Bayern collected a home win and an away draw against the Hoops. Celtic’s only other home game in the group stage this season saw them lose 5-0 against PSG, their heaviest ever European home defeat. When they won at Anderlecht, that was their first for 17 European group stage fixtures across the Champions League and Europa League. Celtic hold a W3 D2 L5 record at home to Bundesliga sides, losing 2-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach in last season’s Champions League group stage. Celtic are winless in eight (home and away) against German sides now (D3 L5). Over 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 1/2 which isn’t bad considering the way that Celtic’s group stage games have gone so far. Leigh Griffiths is their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option at 15/8.
Since Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich, the Bavarians have shipped just one goal in 480 minutes. Bayern Munich to win to nil at William Hill returns a price for 6/4 which may be tempting just because of that stat. Bayern will get through to the next stage if the win in this and if PSG avoids defeat against Anderlecht, which looks likely. Bayern have actually won only two of their last nine European away games, losing five of those and so they aren’t great travellers. Last season they only picked up three points away from home in the group stage, losing against Atletico Madrid and FC Rostov. This season they have dropped points on the road in the Bundesliga and they, of course, were hammered out in Paris as well, which saw Carlo Acnetlooi get the sack.
But they have improved dramatically at the back since then but they will be without their scoring powerhouse Robert Lewandowski for this one after an injury on the weekend. That’s a huge boost for Celtic as Lewandow has 19 goals in 20 appearances for club and country this season. It leaves Arjen Robben as the 20/21 outright favourite in the William Hill anytime goalscorer market as they also miss Thomas Muller through injury. So all of this may help to keep the score down a bit and a Bayern Munich 2-1 correct score at William Hill returns a price of 15/2. The Germans do have plenty of quality depth to call on. The match day three game against Celtic was Bayern’s first meeting with Scottish opposition since a home victory over Aberdeen in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup. Bayern’s record in Scotland is W2 D3 L3 and they are unbeaten in their last five trips to Scotland with a W2 D3 record for those. They are looking to make it through to the knockout stages for the tenth season in a row.
Bayern to win: It was easy enough for the Bavarians in the first leg at home and they will probably find a way to break the Scottish Champions at Celtic Park. Look for a high scoring game to play itself out again by backing Bayern to win & over 2.5 goals.
30th October 2017 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting