Celtic vs Maribor 08/26/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Celtic 1-1 Maribor
Tuesday 26th August 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Celtic 6/10 Draw 3/1 Maribor 9/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: TV3 , Fox Sports
What a tough game to handicap, Scottish Champions Celtic have been anything but impressive this season losing to Legia Warsaw in the last round of the Champions league only to get through after Legia had played a suspended player. They followed up their 1-1 in Slovenia with Maribor with a 1-0 loss away to Inverness on Saturday. There is still plenty of quality within the squad of the Scottish Champions with Kayal, Commons, Stokes all game winners on their day but the questions about the hoops defence remain. In addition to questions about the defence Celtic lost one of their talisman and best players in goalkeeper Frazer Forester who left for Southampton. Celtic Park has been a fortress for Celtic in the Champions League over the years but this team just doesnt inspire that type of confidence for me.
Maribor had a great win over Macabi Tel Aviv in the last round of the Champions League qualifiers and domiantined for long periods in teh firat leg of this tie against Celtic. The quality up front will be provided by Ibrahimi and Zahovich who have combined for five goals already this season. Maribor are a good quality side and having seen Legia Warsaw hammer Celtic home and away I dont think the trip to Park Head will hold as much fear for the Slovenians as it would have a year or two ago.
I'm not in love with this game overall but I like the overs here, from what I have seen of Celtic this season they have major problems defensively that will be exposed by the better teams both domestically and in Europe. I think Maribor may not be quite at the level to compete in the Champions League but I do think they are capable of scoring tomorrow night and while Celtic may just scrape through I think the overs is a solid bet. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo