Champions League Qualifiers: Celtic Set to Recapture European GloryPublished July 22, 2015 by Florin P
Celtic Glasgow pursues European ambitions in Iceland in today's Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan (20:15 UK time).
The last couple of years were tough on Celtic, as the Scottish champions suffered untimely eliminations from the Champions League on several occasions. This year they have to go through preliminary rounds to secure a spot in the group stage, but they are expected to advance with relative ease. On Wednesday night (20:15 UK time) they take on Stjarnan in Iceland, after winning the first leg 2-0 at Parkhead, so they are entitled to be optimistic.
A David vs. Goliath Clash
Nobody doubts the ability of Celtic to prevail on the road and punters have no reason to expect the Scottish side to defend the first leg triumph. Ronny Deila's men will be aiming for all three points and with no injury concerns ahead of this fixture, the Scotts can line up a competitive starting formation. They won three matches in a row without conceding a goal, including two victories over Spanish sides and prevented opponents from scoring.
The only concern ahead of this fixture is that they will be playing on a difficult surface, with Stjarnan welcoming visitors on an artificial pitch. Avoiding injuries is a top priority for the visitors as the qualifiers will pit them against stronger teams and the Champions League is a challenging competition. Meanwhile, the hosts are struggling to break out from their slump as they won just once in over a month and trail the leader by 10 points.
Juicy Odds for a Road Win
bet365 offers odds of 4/9 on Celtic to prevail, while those who correctly predict a draw will increase their investment four times. Stjarnan are the underdogs and odds of 7/1 clearly reflect their slim chances to win the match scheduled for Wednesday. After kickoff tonight, punters can log-in bet365 Sports and place in-play bets on the action as it unfolds on the pitch.