Celtic - Benfica Betting Preview: Back goals galore in Glasgow

The Hoops suffered a shock defeat at the weekend and will be eager to bounce back against Jorge Jesus' side. Willie Duncan, though, is backing both teams to find the net
Celtic slumped to defeat against St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League at the weekend and Neil Lennon will be anxious to see his side get back to winning ways when they welcome Benfica to Celtic Park on Wednesday evening.

In their last 20 home matches in Europe’s premier club competition, the Hoops have tasted defeat just twice – at the hands of Barcelona on both occasions – but, nevertheless, Celtic are considered the underdogs here at 29/10 (3.90) with PanBet.

Benfica, of course, boast an impressive European pedigree and Jorge Jesus’ side will travel to Glasgow feeling confident having taken an impressive seven points from their opening three league fixtures.

The Eagles are available at 21/20 (2.05) with PanBet to open their Champions League campaign with a victory. The same firm offer 51/20 (3.55) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils here.

Benfica have scored 10 goals in their three competitive fixtures thus far this term while the Hoops have scored in all nine of the competitive fixtures that they have played in this season so goals can be expected here.

With that in mind, PanBet’s 97/100 (1.97) for both teams to score is an outstanding price and should be snapped up here while the 69/50 (2.38) for three or more goals to be scored also looks to be worthy of consideration.

Benfica undoubtedly have a squad packed with quality but their chances will be hampered by the loss of star duo Axel Witsel and Javi Garcia and it is entirely possible that Jorge Jesus’ men will be more than happy to settle for a point from their opening group stage fixture.

An entertaining game looks to be on the cards here and PanBet’s 15/1 (16.0) quote for a 2-2 draw might be worth taking a chance on should both sides have their shooting boots on when they meet.

The best bet, though, is the 97/100 (1.97) quote from PanBet for both teams to hit the net on what promises to be an exciting night in Glasgow.

Both teams to score at 97/100 (1.97) with PanBet
2-2 draw at 15/1 (16.0) with PanBet

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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