CELTIC beat Inter Milan to win the 1967 European Cup Final and luckily for them the game was played in Lisbon.
On Italian soil the Hoops haven’t won in 11 attempts and I can’t see them breaking the sequence tonight.
Unless we get a second 3-3 or another high-scoring draw Celtic will need to win at the San Siro to reach the last 16 and it doesn’t look on.
Despite their troubles Inter have lost just three times at home this season while Celtic’s poor record on the road is well documented having won two of their last 12 away games in the Champions League and one of 14 on the road in the Europa League.
Ronny Deila’s men deserve great credit for keeping alive their Europa League hopes after looking down and out when they trailed 2-0 early on in Glasgow last week but asked plenty of questions of Inter Milan as they battled to draw thanks to John Guidetti’s last-gasp leveller.
I predicted both teams to score and for them to do it three times apiece was a surprise – but there were defensive frailties evident on both sides.
The Bhoys are a biggest 11-2 at 888sport to win on the night and 9-2 at McBookie to qualify. Inter are massive favourites at 3-5 with McBookie and 1-6 to qualify which sums up the task Celtic face.
I tipped Xherdan Shaqiri to score in the first leg – and the tips don’t (didn’t) lie! Shaqiri looked a class act and the fact he was rested for Monday’s win at Palermo – Inter’s third in a row in Serie A – stresses he’s Roberto Mancini’s key man.
Take the Swiss star to net at 13-8 with McBookie and he is 6-1 at Ladbrokes to hit the opener. Rodrigo Palacio, also on target at Celtic Park with a double, is 11-2 at McBookie to break the deadlock.
Celtic have conceded 10 in their last three Europa League contests while Inter have kept one clean sheet in their last eight outings.
Those stats suggest more goals and I’m on both to score at 19-20 with Ladbrokes and over 2.5 goals at 5-6 with McBookie.
If Celtic do score the strike could come from Stuart Armstrong who was magnificent in the home tie and he is 7-1 with 888sport.
Inter and both to score
(12-5, BetVictor, McBookie)
Over 2.5 goals
Shaqiri to score
Armstrong to score
Here are some special William Hill sent me today.
John Guidetti scored the equaliser last
week in injury time.
MATCH GOAL 2ND HALF INJURY TIME 4-1
Celtic’s last three Europa League ties
have produced an average of 5.67 goals
FIVE OR MORE GOALS SCORED IN MATCH 4-1
Shaqiri opened the scoring after five
minutes last week at Celtic Park.
SHAQIRI TO SCORE 1ST IN FIRST 10 MINS 16-1
Rodrigo Palacio grabbed a double last
week at Celtic Park.
PALACIO TO SCORE 2 OR MORE 13-2
Mauro Icardi has scored four goals in
his last four games at the San Siro.
ICARDI TO SCORE AND INTER WIN 13-8.
Stefan Johansen has scored four goals
in his last five games for Celtic.
JOHANSEN TO SCORE ANYTIME 19-5
Celtic came from behind last week to
grab a draw at Celtic Park.
CELTIC TO COME FROM BEHIND AND WIN OR DRAW 13-2
After trailing 3-2 at the break last
week, Celtic came out and won the
second half 1-0.
CELTIC TO WIN EITHER HALF 2-1
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