Elfsborg - Celtic Betting Preview: Celtic can survive Swedish test

Neil Lennon's men are aiming to preserve their slender first-leg advantage and Willie Duncan is backing the Hoops to avoid defeat against Jorgen Lennartsson's side
Celtic moved a step closer to the next round of the Champions League with a hard-fought win over Elfsborg in Glasgow last week but Neil Lennon’s side know they face a tricky test as they aim to complete the job in Sweden on Wednesday evening.

The Hoops are chalked up at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill to ensure their place in the final qualifying round by beating Jorgen Lennartsson’s side at Boras Arena.

Elfsborg, though, play on a synthetic playing surface and have lost just one of their nine home matches in the Allsvenskan this season so they will be confident of overturning the 1-0 first-leg deficit that they face here.

Jorgen Lennartsson’s side are also available at 17/10 (2.70) with William to claim victory on Wednesday evening while the same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that Neil Lennon’s side earn the draw that will guarantee their participation in the next round of the competition.

Kris Commons scored the only goal of the first-leg between these sides at Celtic Park last week and the former Derby County midfielder is the subject of William Hill’s special “headline offer” for Wednesday’s return leg.

William Hill offer a juicy 5/1 (6.0) quote that Commons, who scored 19 goals for Neil Lennon’s men last term, nets at any time in a victory for the Hoops on Wednesday night.

The same firm offer an alternative “headline offer” for Elfsborg backers, relating to a man who will, most certainly, be familiar to the Scottish champions.

William Hill go 4/1 (5.0) that Mohamed Bangura, currently on loan at Elfsborg from Celtic, scores at any time in an Elfsborg win.

Despite the threat posed by Bangura, Celtic should have enough quality to ensure that they can avoid defeat in Sweden on Wednesday night and the 10/11 (1.91) quote from William Hill for the Hoops in the draw no bet market is the recommended play here.

Celtic draw no bet at 10/11 (1.91) 3pts with William Hill

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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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