Qarabag vs Celtic 08/05/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Celtic vs Qarabag
Wednesday 5th August 2015 12:30(ET)
The Line: Qarabag 2/1 Draw 9/4 Celtic 7/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bein Sports; Setanta Sports; BT Sport
A really tough test here for Scottish champions Celtic as they travel to Baku to take on Qarabag. This is a tough ask for Celtic in Azerbaijan where the heat and pitch will be real concerns for Celtic. Celtic manager Ronnie Delia has said the pitch is fine but having seen it I'm not so sure, I think this is not going to be an easy game and Celtic come here with a very slender 1-0 lead. Celtic will get Ceftci back as the striker missed the league win over Ross County due to a domestic suspension. Leigh Griffiths made the most of his start scoring in th first half but I think Ceftci is Delia's prefered striker and he will start tomorrow. Scott Brown, Johansen , Armstrong will have important roles in the midfield as Celtic look to avoid the shock exit that Ajax suffered on Tuesday night.
Qarabag will be looking to shock European football and if they are to do it then star man and striker Reynaldo will be the one to fire them to the next round, the young Brazilian has scored 36 in 56 games the past two seasons. Quarabag are an interesting side though and they set up a nice defensive 4-5-1 system in Celtic park, one that pretty much neutralised Celtic's attack. On Wednesday though they must come out and look for a goal otherwise they are going out.
This one on paper looks a real tough one to call. Celtic though went to St Jarnans in the last round and actually played much better away from home than they did at home, probably due to the home side having to come out and attack. For this reason I think Celtic will negotiate this tough away game and I think they will get the win while doing it. At 7/5 there is some value here but this is too tough a game to invest much, taking a min bet here in what should be an entertaining game.