Celtic

Celtic vs FK Sarajevo

, KO: 19:45 Jul 17, 2019, Celtic Park
FK Sarajevo

Celtic continue their quest to qualify for the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night when they welcome FK Sarajevo to Celtic Park.

The Bhoys have all but booked a place in the second qualifying round after an impressive 3-1 first-leg win in Bosnia last Tuesday and they are odds on favourites to finish the job in Glasgow with a home win as short as 1/7 (Bet365)

However, Sarajevo gave the Celts a scare last week when they took the lead and if you fancy the Bosnians to take anything from this game then they are a towering 25/1 (Ladbrokes) to win and the draw is an unfancied 7/1 (Ladbrokes) with the same firm.

Such lofty odds for the Bosnian champions are hardly surprising given their limited pedigree at this level and a trip to Parkhead will represent one of the most illustrious occasions in Sarajevo's short 72 year history.

The Hoops on the other hand boast a rich history in European football and will be craving another crack at the group stages of this competition after being knocked out in the third qualifying round by AEK Athens just under 12 months ago.

Yet, to make the money-spinning group stages the Parkhead side will have to negotiate four two-legged ties – the first of which should be successfully completed on Wednesday night

However, the Hoops are huge favourites here – so alternative betting angles will have to be looked at in trying to source some Celtic value.

One option to consider could be to back Neil Lennon's men to win and to keep a clean-sheet.

Sarajevo shocked Celtic last midweek by taking the lead following an unforced error from Jozo Simunovic, however, thereafter, the hosts rarely troubled the Scottish champions.

What's more Christopher Jullien could be in line to make his competitive debut for Celtic after cruising through Saturday's stalemate with French Ligue 1 side Rennes.

So, all things considered the 20/23 (BoyleSports) on offer for Celtic To Win To Nil is enticing.

Furthermore, Neil Lennon will demand that his side do not take this second-leg lightly and as such I expect Celtic to score a few goals in sealing their place in the second qualifying round.

Mikey Johnston is increasingly becoming a key player for Celtic and further demonstrated his potential in the first-leg after scoring in spectacular style.

The rising star is an injury doubt for the return leg but should he feature he could be worth backing to score anytime at 6/5 (Bet 365)

Other options of note include Odsonne Edouard to score the first goal of the game at 3/1 (Betway) and the returning Leigh Griffiths as last goalscorer at 14/5 (William Hill)

Whoever scores remains to be seen but given their superiority I expect the Hoops to hit the net and to ultimately oversee a professional victory on the night and therefore the 21/20 (UniBet) on offer for Celtic To Win Both Halves appeals.

Furthermore, I fancy the Bhoys to bag an early goal to completely put this tie to bed and with that in mind I like the look of the 11/10 (Ladbrokes) on offer for Celtic To Be Leading After 30 Minutes.

This match between Celtic and FK Sarajevo will be played on Jul 17, 2019 and kick off at 19:45

Celtic vs FK Sarajevo Betting Tips & Predictions
Celtic To Win To Nil
20/23
Boylesports
Celtic To Win Both Halves
21/20
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Celtic To Be Leading After 30 Minutes
11/10
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