Celtic host Spartak Moscow on Wednesday evening in their final Champions League Group G match, and Neil Lennon’s side must better Benfica’s result in Barcelona if they are to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
Celtic start as 4/7 favourites to win the match, Spartak Moscow can be backed at 9/2, whilst the draw is available at 16/5. All odds quoted are available with Bet365.
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Following their 2-1 to Benfica in Portugal last month, Celtic’s chances of reaching the last 16 are now no longer entirely in their own hands. Although level on points with Benfica, a better head-to-head record with Celtic means the Portuguese side are ahead in the group table. Celtic have to win this match in order to give themselves the best hope of qualifying, and to be honest, their Champions League record at Parkhead is decent enough to make me think they have a very good chance of a victory. Celtic have won four of their last five home Champions League matches, the most recent win coming against Barcelona at the beginning of November.
Spartak Moscow are bottom of Group G on three points and cannot now qualify. What sort of team they will field in Glasgow is an unknown, but one thing is certain, and that is that the Russians are poor travellers in this competition. Spartak have won only one of their last five away Champions League matches, conceding an average of more than two goals per game.
Celtic know they must win this match, their fans will expect a victory, and I will be backing a Hoops win. I would not put anyone off backing Celtic at 4/7, but a better value bet is Celtic -1 on Asian Handicap at even money with Bet365. I will also recommend a small punt on the 2-0 correct score at 7/1 with the same firm.
Celtic -1 Asian Handicap – evens with Bet365
Celtic to win 2-0 – 7/1 with Bet365
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