Champions League Tips: Celts face an impossible job

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I THINK it was Jeremy Guscott who said Scotland made the All Blacks look human at the weekend – Celtic will look to do the same against PSG on Wednesday night.

Gregor Townsends’s rugger boys pushed the world’s best team to the limit at Murrayfield and Brendan Rodgers has to find a way to match arguably Europe’s No.1 side.

PSG have been superhuman this season – not just against the Scots. They’ve netted 17 in four Champions League outings and conceded none.

In Ligue One they’re unbeaten with 43 goals in 13 games – the bulk of them from £400million hitmen Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

Rodgers knows the size of the task he faces and the timing of the game isn’t great just four days before the Betfred Cup Final against Motherwell. I’m sure he’d consider resting players but he can’t in case his side are humiliated.

The 5-0 trouncing by the French was followed by better displays at Anderlecht and at home to Bayern and Celtic remain on target to pip the Belgians to third spot and a Europa League knockout place.

No matter what team he fields I can’t see anything but a big home win. PSG are no bigger than 1-9 at 188bet so bookies are giving nothing away.

Rodgers doesn’t like parking the bus but he’ll need at least put the handbrake on to keep the score respectable.

The French megastars are only 5-2 at betfair to net 4+ and evens to hit four or more. PSG -2 looks the safest bet and pays 4-5 at betfair while -3 is 31-20 at McBookie.

Over 4.5 match goals is 13-10 at betfair and there is a chance of Celtic contributing. They made chances in Munich and Moussa Dembele will be looking to impress in the city he was born.

French Under-21 star Dembele, who netted a hat-trick in his last outing for them, is 4-1 at Unibet to net at anytime and 16-1 with Unibet to strike an unlikely opener.

Most people will focus on PSG’s frontmen for goals but who do you pick from? To net first Cavani is 21-10 at Unibet, Neymar 14-5 at McBookie and Cavani 21-10 at Unibet. I’ll take a chance on the Brazilian.

Celtic to win pays 30-1 at betfair which means to score you can get evens.

The other Group B game sees pointless Anderlecht entertain Bayern Munich. The Belgians have lost four out of four, scoring none and conceding 15, and looked desperate when they went down 3-0 at home to Celtic.

Bayern have qualified and winning the groups looks unlikely so they could rest players as they did against Celtic. However, they found a way to win that one and as long as they field a side of decent strength they should easily beat a weaker outfit than the Scots. I’ll look to back Bayern -2AH in Brussels.

In Group A Man United need a point at Basel to clinch top spot. Jose Mourinho could leave out some key men so it’s worth keeping an eye on team news but should have enough in reserve to see off the Swiss.

Basel were beaten 3-0 by United at Old Trafford and clearly there is a gulf between the teams. The Swiss will finish second or third so their European campaign will continue but I’m tempted by United at 19-20 with Unibet and as they shouldn’t lose I might back them draw no bet on an accumulator at around 2-5.

The other games sees CSKA Moscow entertain a Benfica side who have no points from their four games and just one goal.

CSKA though have lost both of their home games while winning 2-1 away to Benfica and Basel. They are a best 5-4 at Betway to win and it looks a little short to me as the Portuguese aren’t as poor as their results suggest.

Chelsea need a win at Qarabag in Group C to book their last-16 slot. The Blues won 6-0 at home with a weakened team but will have to go fairly strong after taking just one point from their double header against Roma.

Qarabag’s two points have come home and away against Atletico Madrid and while they’re tougher to beat at home I can’t see a fully motivated Chelsea side slipping up.

They are no bigger than 3-10 at Paddy Power and I can see them winning by more than one at 7-8 with sportingbet. Take Alvaro Morata to score first at 29-10 with McBookie.

Roma need a draw in Spain and should get that and maybe more. Atletico’s draws against Qarabag are likely to haunt them and the Italians showed their quality with two good displays against Chelsea.

They’re on a run of six wins in a row and are as big as 15-4 with bet365. I like them not to lose at 19-20 with 188Bet.

Biggest game of the night is Juventus v Barcelona with the Italian champs trying to bounce back from a 3-2 weekend defeat at Sampdoria and also hurting after losing 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

That result means Barca need a draw to win Group D and should get it. Juve boss Max Allegri slammed his defence for their display in Genoa and remember they trailed 3-0 going into injury time.

Juve have conceded eight in six games and even Benevento gave them fight in Turin. Allegri will restore the rested Gigi Buffon to the No.1 slot and that will be a help but Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Co will fill their boots if the home men don’t tighten up. I’m on Barca at 4-9 with BetStars not to lose.

The other game between Sporting and Olympiakos sees two sides meet who are battling for a Europa League place. It’s not the easiest game to call but the Greeks aren’t great away and Sporting can edge this at 4-7 with bet365.

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