Celtic vs Linfield
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Celtic Park.
Celtic's 2-0 win at Linfield was somewhat disappointing, however regardless it has the Scottish champions on course for the gathering stage. Their draw with Dundalk or Rosenborg in the following round should see them easily in to the last qualifying round – if they complete off the Northern Irish champions. Is there any route for David Healy's men to stop the Bhoys advancing?
In the event that Linfield are to cause the greatest of bombshells, will need to go totally against their long-running Champions Alliance frame. The Blues have scored only twice in their last nine Champions Class trips, while they've overseen only three strikes in this opposition over the most recent 10 years.
The guests have a much more terrible record on their ventures, neglecting to score in their last five away excursions. Those diversions included matches against groups from the Faroe Islands and San Marino, so they confront a test pivoting the present shortage.
In the mean time, Celtic were blending it with any semblance of Manchester City and Barcelona last season. The Bhoys have scored at least three objectives in four of their last seven home matches. That run incorporates attracting spaces at home to Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach, while hitting three past City and Malmo. The Scottish champions additionally piled on five objectives against then Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Given their current frame, we can't see Celtic having any inconveniences getting to the three objective stamp here. They're likewise improbable to yield against a side who have scored in two away Champions Alliance qualifiers since 2000. We see no less than three objectives for the hosts alongside a spotless sheet, so more than 2.5 and BTTS no is our pick here, which can be supported at 4/5 with bet365.
Brendan Rodgers has had an amazing campaign with Celtic last year. The Hoops took 29 wins and played four draws in 33 league matches and they completed the treble by winning both FA Cup and League Cup.
The team did not change the squad too much in comparison to the last year and they demolished Irish Shamrock Rovers 9-0 in their last test prior to the Champions League meeting with Linfield.
Linfield are half-amateur team which belongs to the very bottom of the ladder in European terms.
This is why David Healy’s men had to play the first qualifying round where they barely went past the champions of San Marino (La Fiorita) 1-0 on aggregate.
They conceded as many as four goals to Hearts in a friendly at Windsor Park last weekend.
Celtic vs Linfield: Head to head
Rodgers used Sinclair, Griffiths and Forrest in the final third from the first whistle leaving Mousa Dembele on the bench.
Mark Haugley’s own goal game the Hoops the lead 17 minutes in the game before Tom Rogic doubled it just five minutes later to set the final score of the game.
Celtic vs Linfield: Prediction
The Scots obviously played the second half with the handbrake which makes our job harder in prediction the outcome of the second leg at Celtic Park.
The hosts are obviously massive favourites, but we don’t expect them to be at their max which gives the value to the 3/4 odds offered on the Northern Irish squad not to lose by four or more goals.
Correct Score Prediction
Celtic to Win 3-0 at 5/1 with bet365