Celtic - NK Maribor Betting Preview: Hoops set to cruise into Champions League group stages

Ronny Deila's men have the advantage after drawing the first leg in Slovenia and our tipster expects the Scottish champions to lead at both half-time and full-time in Glasgow
After securing a battling 1-1 draw in Slovenia last week, Celtic will feel that they have one foot in the group stages of this season’s Champions League and the Hoops can assure themselves of a place in the next phase of the competition with victory over Maribor in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

Ronny Deila’s side boast an impressive record at Celtic Park in the Champions League, having lost just three of their last 13 ties in Glasgow – with those defeats coming at the hands of AC Milan, Barcelona and Juventus.

Therefore, it is unsurprising to see the Scottish champions chalked up at just 8/15 (1.53) with William Hill to win Tuesday’s tussle inside 90 minutes, while they can be backed at just 1/6 (1.17) with the same firm to progress to the group stages of the competition.

Maribor are without a win in their last six matches on the road in the Champions League and the Slovenians are available at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill to cause a major upset by winning in Glasgow, while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that it be Ante Simundza’s side who reach the group stages.

Celtic suffered a 1-0 defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon but with Deila likely to ring the changes for Tuesday’s match, the Bhoys should prove to be far too strong for their Slovenian opponents here.

The Scottish champions can be backed at a hugely tempting 29/20 (2.45) with William Hill to be the only team to find the net on Tuesday night, while the same agency also offer 29/20 (2.45) for Celtic (-1) in the handicap market.

With a vociferous and passionate home crowd behind them, Celtic should come out of the traps quickly and, subsequently, William Hill’s 11/8 (2.38) quote for the hosts to score inside the first 30 minutes certainly carries plenty of appeal here.

However, better value lies in backing Deila’s men to lead at half-time and full-time at 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill and, therefore, it is this bet that is the recommended play for punters ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League crunch clash in Glasgow.

Celtic to lead at half-time and full-time at 11/8 (2.38) for a 2pts stake with William Hill

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