Champions League Qualifying: Lincoln Red Imps FC vs CelticPublished July 12, 2016 by Sol FH
The Red Imps host Celtic tonight at 19:00 UK time from Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.
Celtic and the Red Imps begin their Champions League qualifying campaign tonight. Celtic are without two of their key players for tonight's game, as midfielder Stefan Johansen and Charlie Mulgrew are both out. The trouble for Johansen is an ankle injury, which will keep him sidelined for the next three weeks. Mulgrew is not travelling due to contract negotiations.
Since taking the helm over Celtic, Brendan Rodgers' first test comes tonight. The newly appointed head coach will be set on winning and making a statement while doing so.
The Red Imps are likely to play with the same squad that beat Flora Tallinn in the previous round, but they will need to up their game substantially if they are to beat Celtic. They have been champions of Gibraltar for the last 14 consecutive seasons but have never made it past the second round of Champions League qualifying.
Celtic made it to the qualifiers after winning the Scottish League for five consecutive seasons. League success is one thing, but success in Europe is another and Rodgers knows too well what that means, as he was unsuccessful with Liverpool in Europe.
Champions League Qualifying Betting
The odds are set at bet365 Sports for all of this week's qualifying matches. The Red Imps are serious underdogs for the match tonight in all lines and props bets. Outright, they are at 17.00 to win, while Celtic are at 1.14 and a draw is also quite attractive at 7.50. There will be live in play betting throughout the match and dozens of additional betting opportunities to choose from.
As always, bet365 is running their Bore Draw Money Back offer in which punters can get a full refund on certain bets if the match ends in a boring 0-0 draw.