The Hoops showed admirable battling qualities as they fought back from 2-0 down to force a draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend but Neil Lennon's side will need to produce a better performance on Wednesday to send Shakhter spinning out of the competition.
Celtic are chalked up as hot 2/9 (1.22) favourites with Paddy Power to win the second leg in Glasgow while Shakhter are prices up at 12/1 (13.0) with the same firm to do the double over the Scottish champions. The draw is a 5/1 (6.0) shot with Paddy Power.
Following last week's first leg, Shakhter are rated as a 8/11 (1.73) chance with Paddy Power to make the group stages while the Hoops are tempting at even money (2.0) to complete a remarkable comeback and qualify for the next stage of the competition
Given Celtic's perilous position, it would come as no surprise to see the home side attack from the first whistle on Wednesday as they attempt to pile the pressure on their Kazakh opponents.
With that in mind, the 7/5 (2.40) quote from Paddy Power for Celtic to open the scoring inside the first 23 minutes looks to represent outstanding value here.
If Celtic are to fight back against Shakhter, then Kris Commons may well play a pivotal role for the Hoops.
The 29-year-old is Celtic’s set-piece specialist and, therefore, is good value at 3/1 (4.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock on Wednesday night while the influential midfielder can be backed at a chunky 13/5 (3.60) to score two or more goals – a price which is sure to prove popular with punters.
With a vociferous home support behind them, Celtic are excellent value to stun Shakhter and grab their place in the group stages at a juicy even money (2.0) with Paddy Power while those looking for bigger prices should back the in-form Kris Commons at 3/1 (4.0) with the same firm to open the scoring for the Hoops here.
|BEST BET||VALUE BET|
|Celtic to qualify at even money (2.0) 2pts with Paddy Power||Kris Commons to score first at 3/1 (4.0) 0.5pt with Paddy Power|
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