NK Maribor - Celtic Betting Preview: Bhoys set to seize second chance

Ronny Deila's men have already been handed a reprieve in this season's Champions League and our tipster backs the Scottish champions to take full advantage on Wednesday night
Celtic will look to make the most of getting a second bite at the Champions League cherry when they travel to Slovenia to take on NK Maribor in the first leg of the competition's qualifying play-off round on Wednesday night.

The Scottish champions were thumped 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the last round but, following a clerical error by the Polish side, the Hoops were reinstated and Ronny Deila's men will be aiming to take a significant step towards the Champions League group stages by attaining a positive result from the first-leg encounter in Maribor.

Celtic warmed up for their trip to Slovenia with an impressive 6-1 demolition of Dundee United on Saturday afternoon and Deila's charges can be backed at 29/20 (2.45) with bet365 to follow up by enjoying victory over the hosts here.

Maribor suffered their first league defeat of the season when they slumped to a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Celje at the weekend and Ante Simundza will be looking for a reaction from his side when they take on the Scottish champions.

The Slovenian outfit can be backed at 19/10 (2.90) with bet365 to take a lead into next week's second leg in Glasgow while the same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that Wednesday's encounter ends in stalemate.

Maribor will be hoping to make home advantage count on Wednesday night and the 11/10 (2.10) quote from bet365 for the hosts in the draw no bet market may attract plenty of support, given Celtic's struggles against Legia Warsaw in the last round.

However, Deila's side have found their form domestically, scoring nine goals in their opening two Scottish Premiership matches, and will be hoping to carry that forward into this game.

Celtic led 3-0 inside 34 minutes against Dundee United at the weekend and, should they replicate that performance in Slovenia, there would be value in backing the Scots to lead at half-time at a chunky 21/10 (3.10) with bet365, while the 11/10 (2.10) quote from the same firm for the Hoops to find the net during the first half also appeals here.

However, punters are advised to keep it simple and back Deila's men to claim a crucial first-leg lead from Wednesday night's tie at a generous 29/20 (2.45) with bet365.

Celtic to win at 29/20 (2.45) for a 2pts stake with bet365

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