There will be an electric atmosphere inside Celtic Park when Brendan Rodgers' men face Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League Group B curtain raiser.
The Hoops have painful memories of a humiliating 7-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in their opening group game in this competition 12 months ago and the Scottish champions will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that agony when they line up against the Ligue 1 leaders on Tuesday night.
Celtic warmed up for this one with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership on Friday night; the victory at New Douglas Park saw Rodgers' side stretch their unbeaten run in domestic competition to 54 matches, while the Hoops have been beaten in just one of their last 45 games in all competitions.
Drawn alongside Bayern Munich and Anderlecht, as well as Unai Emery's team, Celtic will have to be at their very best if they are to reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2013 and, given that the Scottish side have won just two of their last 11 away matches in this competition, the Hoops' home form will surely prove pivotal to their hopes of progression from the group.
The enormity of the task facing Rodgers' men against PSG, however, is reflected by the 13/1 (14.0) quote offered up by SportPesa for the Scottish side to kick off their campaign with a famous victory, while the same firm go 11/2 (6.50) that the match ends in stalemate - a selection that would have landed in three of Celtic's last five games in the group stages of this competition.
PSG, however, are chalked up as 2/9 (1.22) favourites with SportPesa to open up their Champions League campaign with victory in Glasgow and, given the remarkable strength of the squad at Emery's disposal, that price may well offer decent value for punters.
The Parisians, of course, come into this clash boasting an enviable attacking triumvirate of Edison Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar; all three men were on target in PSG's 5-1 victory against Metz on Friday night and, having brought both Neymar and Mbappe to the club this summer, Emery's charges are expected to make a bold bid to claim their first ever Champions League crown this season.
PSG have been in outstanding form in the final third of the pitch in recent weeks, having notched a hugely impressive 17 goals in their last four fixtures and the French side are available at just 5/19 (1.26) with SportPesa to score more than one goal in Glasgow; the same firm go 5/6 (1.83) that Emery's side hit at least three goals against the Hoops.
Celtic have avoided defeat in each of their last 24 matches on home soil and Rodgers' side will fancy their chances of causing an upset here, but the Scottish side may well find themselves outclassed by the Ligue 1 outfit.
PSG have won by at least three clear goals in each of their last four fixtures and the 31/20 (2.55) quote from SportPesa for Emery's men to continue that trend in this Champions League clash could well offer decent value for punters ahead of Tuesday's tussle.
|PSG (-2) at 31/20 (2.55) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa|