CELTIC should take a huge step towards the Champions League group stage by beating Malmo tonight.

Much has been said about the tough draw handed to Ronny Deila's men but look at ties such as Lazio v Leverkusen and Monaco v Valencia.

Any of those teams would love to meeting Malmo and I don't think the Swedes are any better than Qarabag although have a greater goal threat.

Markus Rosenborg is their main man up front but he's suspended tonight and that's a boost for Celtic.

Deila's side haven't conceded at home and if they achieve a third successive Euro clean sheet they should qualify.

Malmo are strong at home and while they turned over Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 in the last round the Austrians have sold Alan and Kevin Kampl and were without skipper Jonathan Soriano who is set for a move to Milan.

I'm on Celtic to win tonight at 4-6 with Ladbrokes while Celts to win to nil is 15-8 at Skybet. It has another feel of a 1-0 or 2-0 success and under 2.5 goals pays 9-10 at Ladbrokes.

Celtic have never lost a goal at home in Europe to Swedes and are 7-4 at William Hill to win to nil.

Malmo though have won both their matches on Scottish soil in Europe, beating Rangers 1-0 in 2011 and Hibs 7-0 two years ago. A Malmo win to nil is 13-2 at William Hill.

Swede Mikael Lustig netted for Celtic against Inverness last Saturday and is 13-2 with William Hill to score against his countrymen.

And I must mention Dedryck Boyata who has scored first in both of Celtic's home Champions League qualifiers this season. He is 28-1 at McBookie to make it a hat-trick and 11-1 at bet365 to score.

Jo Inge Berget spent some of last season on loan at Celtic and scored twice in four league games. He is 11-4 with William Hill to net at any time.

Kari Arnason has already scored in Glasgow against Rangers in 2012 while playing at Aberdeen. He is 12-1 to net.

Recommended Bets

Under 2.5 goals
(9-10, Ladbrokes)

Lustig to score
(13-2, William Hill)

  1. Alves 7 years ago

    Stuart Armstrong anytime 5/1 after his wknd double v ICT @coral, half the price everywhere else

  2. Willie McGuire 7 years ago

    Paul – after watching Boyata’s defensive qualities(use that term loosely) in the past week, I cant see Celtic keeping a clean sheet. Hope so, but my gut tells me Celtic & Btts.

  3. Greg Browning 7 years ago

    Willie, the two gaffes against ICT were Sunday leagueesk

  4. Willie McGuire 7 years ago

    Greg it looked like he had switched off due to them being in easy street. that wont fill those around him with confidence.

    Hopefully a home win to nil as Mr F predicts though!

  5. Callum g 7 years ago

    Well as goal.com have said its 24 million(Celtic) vs 2million(Malmö) so u would think it would be straight forward but over the first leg yes celtics crowd should edge it for the home game but I think Malmö will qualify over the 2 legs

    • john paul maley 7 years ago


      24million v 2 million?

      Why will Malmo edge it exactly?

      Are you the only person in the UK who thinks this will be straight forward?

  6. Recoba 7 years ago

    Thats a nice price for Armstrong Alves. Coral only you say. Thanks for heads up as i like him for a goal tonight.
    Ill take him first as well.
    GL H.H. ;)

  7. Recoba 7 years ago

    Also at 28/1 ill have to have a bit of Boyata and Van Dijk is well over due a goal. 3 different scorers but it will only be small stakes for an added bonus in which will hopefully be a comfortable win. 3-0 :)

  8. Recoba 7 years ago

    *oops 3-0 10/1
    Van Dijk 12/1 Bet365

  9. Alves 7 years ago

    Recoba looks a big price considering his form ;)

  10. Recoba 7 years ago

    Yip! Worth opening an account i think Alves.

    See how the horses go first before i stake. ;)
    Just read Lustig interview in the Daily Record…hes up for it and great record agains Swedish teams.
    Got a wee feeling Malmo will give him a bit of extra attention. Hopefully just does a grand job defending and gets it to Armstrong when he can get forward :P


  11. jimmybeee 7 years ago

    Kris commons has a good record of scoring against the swedes.
    So kris to score anytime is the super single for me.

  12. milan 7 years ago

    Mr fixit it’s Roberto Soriano of sampdoria we are signing not Jonathan Soriano

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      milan, OK – just read a headline saying “Milan set to sign Soriano”. Should have read the article.

  13. Recoba 7 years ago

    Alves I can’t get an account opened with Coral at all using an android phone and no chance if getting to P.C etc before K.O so…
    Skybet price boost-Armstrong first ping was 15/2 now 12/1! I’ll take it!

    Here’s hoping he hits first and of a few ;)

  14. Milan 7 years ago

    Yea it’s Roberto Soriano from sampdoria

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