Bet Live: FC Shakhtyor v. Celtic

Published August 20, 2013 by OCR Editor

Bet Live: FC Shakhtyor v. Celtic

Shakhtyor Karaganda v. Glasgow Celtic, 4pm UK time today.

Celtic FC are just two games away from returning to the UEFA Champions League group stages, but first they must pass a test in the unlikeliest of locations - with an away game at Shakhtyor Karaganda, a club based more than 6,000km from Glasgow in the eastern part of Kazakhstan.

So who exactly are Shakhtyor Karaganda? Well, we can tell you that the first name comes from a Kazakh word for pitmen, while the second name is that of the city in which the club is based. Shakhtyor have been to the European qualifying rounds once before - when they lost 6-4 on aggregate to Latvian side MTZ Ripo.

If Celtic think they'll have it all their own way in the two-leg fixture, they probably have another thing coming. Shakhtyor stunned BATE Borisov in the first round of this year's qualifying (Borisov, of course, defeated eventual champs Bayern Munich last year) and then beat Albanian title-holders FC Skenderbeu.

William Hill Sports is offering pre-match betting on all of tonight's UEFA Champions League qualifying fixtures, with inflated odds on selected wagering options from Shakhtyor-Celtic. Kris Commons to score and Celtic to win was 5/2 but is now offering 3/1. Igor Zenkovich to score in a Shakhtyor upset was 19/5 but is now 5/1.

In Match Betting, Hill is offering 11/4 on Shakhtyor, 9/4 on the draw and 21/20 on Celtic. As to which team will qualify (after both legs), the online sportsbook gives odds of Shakhtyor 9/4 and Celtic 1/4. There are plenty of other options such as "Match Result and Both Teams to Score" and Correct Score.

Whether you're planning to watch the game live on ITV4 or through WHTV's live streaming service, William Hill will bring you the complete Shakhtyor-Celtic live betting coverage throughout the match. Simply log in to In-Play Betting to see updated odds on your desktop or mobile screen.

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