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Neil Lennon's side know that they must better Benfica's result to make the last 16 of the Champions League and Willie Duncan is backing the Hoops to secure a home win

Celtic go into Wednesday night’s meeting with Spartak Moscow knowing that they will take their place in the last 16 of the Champions League if they can better Benfica's against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

The Scottish champions are warm favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power to pile the pressure on the Portuguese side by securing a vital victory over the Russians at Celtic Park.

Valeriy Karpin’s men have endured a bitterly disappointing campaign with a home win over Benfica the only highlight but the Russian side will be desperate to end on a positive note with victory here – an outcome which is rated as a 9/2 (5.50) chance with Paddy Power.

The same firm offer 16/5 (4.20) that the match ends in a draw.

With so much at stake for the Hoops, it seems likely that Neil Lennon’s side will come flying out of the traps and should the Scots make a bright start, they are outstanding value at even money (2.0) to lead at half-time against their Russian opponents while the 13/10 (2.30) for Celtic to lead at both half-time and full-time is sure to attract plenty of support.

Former Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras has been in imperious form for the Hoops in Europe this season, having netted no fewer than five goals in the Champions League thus far.

The Greek forward can be backed at a tempting 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to set the Hoops on the road to victory by netting the opening goal of the game while youngster Tony Watt, who sealed Celtic’s famous win over Barcelona at Celtic Park last month is available at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock here.

The Hoops may have been held by Second Division side Arbroath in the Scottish Cup at the weekend but Neil Lennon’s men are certain to be fired up here and the stage is set for the Scottish champions to enjoy another famous European victory at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

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Celtic to lead at half-time at even money (2.0) with Paddy Power
Georgios Samaras to score first at 9/2 (5.50) 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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