THERE are three British teams in Europa League action on Thursday and while we knew Celtic would go full strength it’s a surprise to see Liverpool and probably Spurs going the same way.
Spurs were expected to rotate ahead of Sunday’s derby meeting against Arsenal while Jurgen Klopp seems to be trying to protect his unbeaten record and is gong for the win at Rubin Kazan.
No such selection dilemmas for Celtic boss Ronny Deila against his countrymen from Norway although skipper Scott Brown is out injured. Celtic crashed 3-1 away to Molde last time out and have been consistent in the Europa League – scoring and conceding and producing four match goals in their three outings.
Two 2-2 draws with Ajax and Fenerbahce were followed by that Molde mauling and that makes the return in Glasgow a must-win affair.
Deila’s future was debated after his nightmare in Norway but the pressure’s been eased by three wins since. Dundee Utd, Hearts and Aberdeen have been brushed aside but it’s in Europe where he’s being judged until Rangers return to the Premiership so three points are needed.
The Molde flop wasn’t expected after decent displays against Ajax and Fenerbahce and Celtic should turn the tables. They are a best 8-13 with William Hill but punters will prefer to focus on goals.
A fourth successive Euro tie over 3.5 goals pays 19-10 at McBookie while both teams to score returns 4-5 at Coral. Over 2.5 goals is 8-11 at McBookie and over 1.5 Celtic goals pays 8-13 at Ladbrokes and William Hill.
I tipped Leigh Griffiths to score first against Aberdeen at the weekend and he is 4-1 at Ladbrokes to achieve the feat for the fourth game running and 11-10 to net at any time.
Ole Kamara is likely to pose Molde’s biggest threat and is 3-1 at Ladbrokes to score. Table-toppers Molde are 5-1 with McBookie to win and the draw pays 33-10 at sportingbet.
Liverpool have drawn three out of three and could notch a fourth stalemate at Rubin Kazan even with a strong side and remember it was 1-1 at Anfield.
Eight of the past nine Spurs’ matches have seen both teams score and that could be the best again at 10-11 with William Hill.
I’ve checked teams news for as many games as possible and put up my tips on the main thread.
Griffiths to score
(11-10, Ladbrokes, bet365)
Celtic v Molde over 3.5 goals
Spurs v Anderlecht btts
(10-11, William Hill)
Coutinho (Liverpool) to score
(13-5, bet365, Paddy Power)