Celtic - Barcelona Betting Preview: Why a comfortable Catalan win is on the cards this evening

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes there is value to be had in backing Tito Vilanova's side to be ahead at both half-time and full-time at Celtic Park
Two weeks ago Celtic produced a display of courage and resilience seldom seen at the Camp Nou in one of their most impressive recent European performances away from home.

Never before has the phrase "madre mia Fraser Forster!" been uttered on prime time Spanish television, yet the keeper and his defence were finally breached for a second time with one of the final kicks of the match, and came away from Catalonia with nothing but their pride in tact.

No small feat considering the number of teams who are regularly thumped by Barcelona on their own turf, but in the context of their Champions League group, the 2-1 defeat has made tonight's game in Glasgow all the more important for Neil Lennon's side.

They are offered at 8/1 (9.00) by Paddy Power to produce a victory with the draw priced at 4/1 (5.00) and Barca available at 1/3 (1.33).

Yet, despite the impressive nature of Celtic's performance in the first match it is impossible to look past a Barcelona win tonight, and the price of 5/6 (1.83) for them half-time/full-time looks to offer some real value.

Going forward the Catalans look more of a dangerous unit than they did last season, largely thanks to the return of David Villa from the injury that saw him miss the majority of the last campaign.

El Guaje has three goals in his last three games and his revival has taken some of the pressure off Lionel Messi. Cesc Fabregas meanwhile, is arguably La Liga's most in-form midfielder, scoring, assisting and generally having a major impact on play.

With such fine attacking players in such exceptional form it is unlikely Celtic will be able to cope despite Barca's defensive injuries, and the price of 5/6 (1.83) is difficult to resist.

As a value bet try backing David Villa to continue his superb recent scoring run by netting two or more goals in the match at 3/1 (4.00).

Barcelona half-time/full-time at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power
David Villa to score two or more at 3/1 (4.00) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.