Both teams scored five goals at the weekend and the Catalan giants are strong favourites to win on Tuesday night, but Willie Duncan is backing the Hoops to make it a close affairCeltic were in superb form as they cruised to a 5-0 away win against St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League at the weekend.
Despite that, Neil Lennon’s side know that will need to produce the performance of their lives if they are to take anything from Tuesday’s trip to Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the Champions League.
Tito Vilanova’s men may have conceded four goals at the weekend but, inspired by Lionel Messi, Barcelona hit five past Deportivo La Coruna to take all three points and continue what has been a tremendous start to the season for the Catalans.
Barcelona have lost just one of their 12 matches this season – a 2-1 reverse away to Real Madrid in the Super Cup – and, subsequently, the Blaugrana are chalked up as massive favourites at 1/12 (1.08) to see off Celtic.
Celtic have defeated HJK Helsinki, Helsingborg and, most notably, Spartak Moscow on the road in the Champions League this term.
However, this is a considerably tougher task for the Hoops and they are rated as a 25/1 (26.0) chance with Paddy Power to make it a fourth successive European away win while the same firm go 9/1 (10.0) that the Hoops hold Barcelona – as they did in the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup back in 2004.
This looks likely to be a fairly one-sided contest but it should be noted that Barcelona have won just two of their 12 matches this term by a margin greater than two goals and their defensive deficiencies, which almost proved costly against Deportivo at the weekend, will be a concern for Tito Vilanova.
With that in mind, the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Paddy Power for Celtic (+3) looks to offer outstanding value while the Hoops, who scored three in Moscow in the last round of fixtures, are available at a tempting 6/5 (2.20) to score here.
Those looking for extra value could do much worse than to back the Blaugrana to win by exactly two goals at a tempting 16/5 (4.20).
That was the margin by which Barcelona saw off Benfica when they cruised to a 2-0 victory in Portugal in their last Champions League fixture and Vilanova’s men may well settle for a similar outcome here.
|Celtic (+3) at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
||Barcelona to win by exactly two goals at 16/5 (4.20) 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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