HJK - Celtic Betting Preview: Back the Hoops to progress in a tight affair

Neil Lennon's side take a slender 2-1 lead into the second leg after coming from behind to win last week, and Willie Duncan is backing the Scots to hit the net on Wednesday
Celtic travel to Finland for their Champions League third qualifying round second leg, as the Hoops look to protect a slender 2-1 advantage after goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Gary Hooper gave the side a precious first leg lead in Glasgow last week.

Paddy Power offer a price of 11/8 (2.38) that Neil Lennon’s men secure their place in the next round of Europe’s premier club competition in style by grabbing a victory in the Finnish capital.

However, after grabbing a crucial away goal at Celtic Park last week, the hosts will fancy their chances of eliminating Celtic, and they can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) with Paddy Power to win the match inside 90 minutes. The same firm have priced the 90 minute draw up at 9/4 (3.25) here.

Celtic laboured to a 1-0 home victory over Aberdeen as they began the defence of their Scottish Premier League campaign at the weekend, and the Glasgow giants have voiced some concerns about HJK’s synthetic surface and a tense night could well lie ahead for both teams.

Of course, any margin of victory will do for Scots, and they can be backed at a hugely tempting 13/2 (7.50) with Bet365 to secure their place in the next round via a 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, a 1-1 draw, which would also suit the Hoops is available at 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm.

A 1-0 defeat, though, would be disastrous for the Scottish champions and a 1-0 win for the Finns can be backed at a chunky 8/1 (9.0) with Bet365.

It seems likely that Celtic will be able to do enough to progress on Wednesday and are certainly capable of registering on the scoresheet but they have barely been free-scoring of late - 6/4 (2.50) for Celtic to score exactly one goal is the best bet here.
Celtic to score exactly one goal at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50) 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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