HJK Helsinki - Celtic Betting Preview: Back the Hoops to progress in a tight affair

Neil Lennon's side take a slender 2-1 lead into the second leg after coming from behind to win last week and Willie Duncan is backing the Scots to hit the net on Wednesday
Celtic travel to Finland for their Champions League third qualifying round second leg as the Hoops look to protect a slim advantage after goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Gary Hooper gave the Scots a precious first-leg lead in Glasgow.

Paddy Power goes 11/8 (2.38) that Neil Lennon’s side secure their place in the next round of Europe’s premier club competition in style by grabbing a victory in the Finnish capital.

However, after grabbing a crucial away goal at Celtic Park last week, Antti Muurinen’s men will fancy their chances of eliminating the Hoops and they can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) with Paddy Power to win the match inside 90 minutes. The same firm have priced the 90-minute draw up at 9/4 (3.25) here.

Celtic laboured to a 1-0 home victory over Aberdeen as they began the defence of their Scottish Premier League title at the weekend and the Glasgow giants have voiced some concerns about the hosts’ synthetic surface and a tense night could well lie ahead for both teams.

Of course, any margin of victory will do for Neil Lennon’s side and they can be backed at a hugely tempting 13/2 (7.50) with Bet365 to secure their place in the next round with a 1-0 victory here while a 1-1 draw, which would also suit the Hoops is available at 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm.

A 1-0 defeat, though, would be disastrous for the Scottish champions and a 1-0 win for the Finns can be backed at a chunky 8/1 (9.0) with Bet365.

It seems likely that Neil Lennon’s side will be able to do enough to progress on Wednesday and are certainly capable of registering on the scoresheet but they have barely been free-scoring of late so the 6/4 (2.50) for Celtic to score exactly one goal is the best bet here while the 1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50) is sure to appeal to those looking for larger profit margins.

Celtic to score exactly one goal at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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