Europa League Tips: Celtic face tough test v Russians


CELTIC lost all three Champions League group games at home and could be beaten again by Zenit St Petersburg tonight.

The Russians are a class act and unless Brendan Rodgers’s side play at the top of their form they’ll be facing a Europa League exit.

Roberto Mancini’s men dropped just two points in the EL group stage and while they’ve been in cold storage this is a scenario they face every season.

Celtic will hope to take advantage of any ring rust and will also be boosted by the fact Zenit have failed to win any of their last five away league matches.

Zenit are strong favourites to qualify at 8-15 with William Hill and Ladbrokes and it’s tough to dispute. Celtic are 9-5 at Marathonbet.

To win on the night Zenit are slight outsiders at 7-4 with William Hill while Celtic are 13-8 at McBookie with the draw paying 12-5 at Hills.

Keeping clean sheets has been a problem for Rodgers and he might need one to have a chance in Russia. But it’s doubtful with Craig Gordon and Dedryck Boyata out.

Can see both scoring at 8-13 with Betfred while Zenit are 27-20 to score 2+ – they netted 17 in six group games.

Leigh Griffiths is a big miss for Rodgers in attack so the question is can Moussa Dembele rediscover his best form. He is 5-1 at Unibet to score first but it might bet better taking a chance on weekend hat-trick hero James Forrest to net at any time at 3-1 with Paddy Power.

For Zenit their dangermen are Aleksandr Kokorin who has his eight goals in Europe while Emiliano Rigoni has six from midfield. Kokorin is 5-1 at Black Type to score first while Rigoni is 9-1 at bet365.

Arsenal travel to Sweden to face an Ostersunds side making their European debut and managed by Englishman Graham Potter with ex-Hamilton boss Billy Reid as his No.2.

Ostersunds’s story is well known – a rapid rise from the fourth division culmulating in last season’s Swedish Cup triumph and followed by a canter through the Europa League group stage.

Potter’s shocktroops have beaten the likes of PAOK, Galatasaray and Hertha Berlin and in their northern home have won five of their six Eura home games – a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao the only one that got away.


This is dream tie for Potter but Arsenal should qualify without too much trouble. They have players of much higher quality and winning the Europa League is Arsene Wenger’s only chance of making the Champions League next season.

New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can’t play while David Ospina will continue to deputise in the tournament for Petr Cech.

Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette are also out but another new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to start.

Ostersunds are just out of cold storage and unlike Zenit won’t be used to having to reach full pelt right away. I don’t think it will be pretty but Arsenal should edge it but are no bigger than 8-15 with BetStars.

Not sure where the value is but maybe consider Mkhitaryan to score first at 13-2 with bet365.

Recommended Bets

  • Zenit draw no bet (1-1, Marathonbet)
  • Zenit to score 2+
  • Forrest to score
  • Kokorin to score
  • Zenit to qualify
  • Arsenal
  • Mkhitaryan to score first
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  1. Profile photo of boabee8867
    boabee8867 6 months ago

    given that Celtic are 2/7 to concede a goal…the 6/5 on offer for Zenit to score and get 4 or more corners appeals…..

  2. Profile photo of Alves
    Alves 6 months ago

    Got a free £10 wi PP after lack of 2nd half corners at Porto. Didn’t realise you could split it into different bets. Went for players who 99% will start

    Forrest to score, Celtic to score both halves & Brown carded 25/1

    Forrest & Paredes to score, Ntcham carded 200/1

    Can also check if your up on PP by going to withdrew and it’s got net profits. Only on same card your using but it must be the only account am up with net profit -21.67 😁

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