Nomme Kalju vs CelticUEFA Champions League, KO: 18:00 Jul 30, 2019, Le Coq Arena
CELTIC have touched down in Tallinn having all but booked their place in the Champions League third qualifying round.
Following a 5-0 pummelling at Parkhead last midweek Nomme Kalju are effectively playing for pride and the bookies don't expect things to get much better for the hosts who are as high as 8/1 (BetVictor) to avenge last week's annihilation.
With such a commanding lead Celtic's biggest obstacle on the night could be complacency but even a draw is deemed unlikely at 5/1 (BetVictor) with the Scottish giants as short as 3/10 (BetVictor) to ease to an away win in Estonia.
Such odds are hardly surprising when you consider the Estonian champions have never scored more than two goals at this level in any one game.
Furthermore, Roman Kozhukhovskyi's side have only won one of their three Champions League qualifiers at home having lost the other two – including a recent defeat to Shkendija of Macedonia.
Celtic on the other hand have won all three of their Champions League qualifying fixtures thus far and have avoided defeat in three of their last four European away days.
What's more after last week's goalfest in Glasgow Neil Lennon now has the luxury of rotating his squad just four days before the Bhoys begin their defence of the Scottish Premiership.
As such it may be a wise move to await confirmation of the official Celtic starting XI before placing any bets, but either way finding value from this fixture will prove to be problematic for punters.
One man who found himself back in the starting line-up for Celtic last midweek was Leigh Griffiths.
The Hoops number nine marked his first competitive start since last December by scoring the third goal on the night with a tremendous trademark free-kick.
It was a fitting and emotional return and should he get the nod from Neil Lennon on Tuesday night then I fancy Griffiths to get among the goal again.
The Celtic frontman is a 3/1 (William Hill) to score the first goal of the game but on a night where goals could flow again then it may be a more shrewd option to back Griffiths to score anytime at 3/4 (William Hill)
Ryan Christie also revelled against Kalju by scoring twice – the second of which he delightfully curled home from the edge of the area.
Christie is fast becoming a key player for the Parkhead side and is also worth considering to continue his purple patch at 4/1 (WIlliam Hill) in the first goalscorer market or 21/20 (William Hill) to net anytime on the night.
Griffiths, Christie and Callum McGregor all scored from outside the box in the first leg demonstrating that the Hoops are capable of the spectacular and that they are not afraid to hit shots from distance.
With that in mind, as well as the rough treatment that Celtic could receive from the home side that could present dangerous set-piece scenarios, I like the look of the 15/8 (William Hill) on offer for Any Celtic Player To Score From Outside The Penalty Area. McGregor though hasn't travelled.
Whether or not a Hoops player hits the back of the net from long range remains to be seen but given their superiority I expect Celtic to oversee a professional victory on the night.
Furthermore, Neil Lennon has confirmed that new £7m centre-half Christopher Jullien will make his competitive debut in Estonia.
Kalju rarely troubled the treble Treble winners last midweek and a player of Jullien's pedigree should make the Bhoys backline even more formidable so value could lie in backing Celtic To Win To Nil at 21/20 (Betway).
This UEFA Champions League match between Nomme Kalju and Celtic will be played on Jul 30, 2019 and kick off at 18:00