Celtic face a crucial Champions League tie when Borussia Monchengladbach visit Glasgow on Wednesday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Camp Nou in their opening group game, but the former Liverpool manager would have been heartened by a plucky performance that saw the side claim a precious point from a breathless 3-3 draw against Manchester City at Celtic Park last month.
The Hoops will be hoping for a similar showing in this match and the Scottish champions are chalked up as a 2/1 (3.0) chance to get the better of the Bundesliga side in Glasgow’s east end.
Monchengladbach are yet to get off the mark in Group C, having been beaten by both Manchester City and Barcelona respectively in their opening two fixtures in the competition.
Nevertheless, Andre Schubert’s side are chalked up as bet365’s 5/4 (2.25) favourites to kickstart their campaign with a win in this one, while the odds compilers offer 5/2 (3.50) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Monchengladbach, however, travel to Glasgow having won just one of their last five fixtures in all competitions; indeed, Schubert’s team have been beaten in three of their last four matches on the road and Celtic will feel that they are capable of bolstering their hopes of a place in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in four seasons by picking up three crucial points.
Including qualifying ties, Rodgers’ men are unbeaten in their last seven home matches in this competition and the Hoops – yet to be beaten in a competitive clash at Celtic Park in 2016 – will hope that home advantage again proves pivotal as they target a vital victory.
There is plenty of potential for goals when these two teams lock horns, for there has been more than two goals scored in each of Celtic’s last five Champions League home matches, while there were goals at both ends in four of those five ties in Glasgow.
Monchengladbach have failed to find the net in just one of their last seven matches in this competition and the Bundesliga side will fancy their chances of scoring here, especially when it is considered that Rogers’ side have leaked no fewer than 14 goals in their last four Champions League ties.
As such, it is unsurprising that odds compilers offer 8/13 (1.62) that there are more than two goals scored, while bet365 go just 1/2 (1.50) that there are goals at both ends. Better value, though, lies in the juicy 5/4 (2.25) quote for Celtic to score more than once in this crucial clash.
The selection would have landed in six of the Hoops’ last seven home outings in this competition, as well as in each of their last 12 competitive fixtures at Celtic Park. Rodgers’ men have scored 18 goals in their last five home games and, as such, the 5/4 (2.25) quote on offer for the hosts to continue their scoring streak against their out-of-sorts opponents is worthy of support.