Salzburg vs Celtic 09/18/2014 Free UEFA Europa League Soccer Pick and Preview
Celtic vs Salzburg
Thursday 18th September 2014
The Line: Salzburg 1/2 Draw 18/5 Celtic 6/1 See the Latest Odds
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Salzburg lost a top of the table clash at the weekend to Wolfsberger but dominated the game with almost 70% possession they just had one of those days in front of goal where the ball would not go in the net. Facing a struggling Celtic side at home in the Red Bull arena may be exactly what the doctor ordered for Salzburg, who have actually lost their last three in all competitions. Salzburg will look to Soriano up front to be the goal threat as he has notched eleven goals in seven games this season and will be playing against a Celtic side that have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last eight games. With Alan, Soriano, Bruno and Sabitizer all off to a good start it could be a busy day for the Celtic back four.
Celtic's abysmal start to the season under new boss Ronnie Delia has started to turn with a two one win against Aberdeen at the weekend, the return of Captain Scott Brown is an important piece in the Celtic puzzle but the defence has been pretty abysmal this season and Celtic have not managed to keep a clean sheet in eight as previously mentioned. On paper Celtic have a fine squad and should be more than capable of holding their own in Austria on thursday but at the moment I just cant see how Celtic will handle the slick passing fast moving Salzburg.
Overall I think the overs is a good bet here while Celtic have struggled defensively this season Salzburg themselves have looked culpable at the back conceding seven in their last three overall and I am going to take over 2.5 goals here. I like Salzburg to win outright as well but at 1/2 they are a little short, i think the overs is a better bet. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo