Celtic can breathe fresh life into their Champions League qualification campaign when they play host to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ side saw their chances of reaching the last 16 of this competition for the first time since 2012/13 dealt a massive blow earlier this month when they were beaten 3-0 by the Bavarians and the Scottish champions know that another defeat at the hands of Jupp Heynckes’ charges will end their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.
The SPL leaders will hope that home advantage can prove pivotal as they seek to turn up the heat on the German champions; Betfair go 8/1 (9.0) that Rodgers’ men, roared on by a fervent home support, claim a famous victory in Glasgow.
Bayern, though, have won four of their five matches inside 90 minutes since the vastly experienced Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as manager and, having completely outclassed Celtic in the previous meeting between the teams, the Bundesliga leaders will fancy their chances of securing their place the last 16 of the competition.
Bayern, of course, boast a remarkable record in the Champions League in recent seasons, having reached the quarter-finals in each of the last six editions and Betfair make the German giants their 2/7 (1.29) favourites to win at Celtic Park; the same firm go 9/2 (5.50) that the match ends in stalemate.
Heynckes’ men cruised to victory at Allianz Arena against the Hoops earlier this month and Betfair offer 9/1 (10.0) that the scoreline from that occasion – a 3-0 victory for the Germans – is repeated here, while Bayern can be backed at 5/6 (1.83) with the same firm to lead at both half time and full time in Glasgow.
Better value, however, may well lie in backing Bayern to win to nil when they visit the Scottish champions; Heynckes’ side have looked solid since the 72-year-old took up the reins, conceding just once in five matches - from the penalty spot - and, given the gulf in class that was evident in the previous meeting between these teams, the Hoops may struggle to lay a glove on the Bundesliga champions.
The 6/4 (2.50) quote, therefore, from Betfair for Bayern to win to nil could well offer good value for punters ahead of Tuesday’s tussle.