Cliftonville-Celtic Betting Preview: Expect goals in this lively encounter in Belfast

The Bhoys travel to Belfast this evening in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, with our tipster backing goals as well as a 4/1 value bet
Celtic face Cliftonville in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier in Belfast tonight in their first competitive match this summer after a run of friendlies in Europe.

Cliftonville, despite being a semi-professional side, will not be a push over in this tie, with the Northern Irish outfit recording one of their most successful seasons last year, almost grabbing the domestic treble.

Neil Lennon’s side head into this match struggling to put together any form in pre season so far. The Hoops have lost four straight matches, most recently being disposed of by Union Berlin 3-0.

With last season’s run in the Champions League fresh in everyone’s minds, they must make sure they do a professional job in these qualifying rounds.

William Hill can’t see past a Celtic win, pricing them at 1/6 (1.16) to win the match.

Cliftonville dominated the IFA Premier League last season, racking up an impressive 91 points from their 38 games to cruise to the title. Tommy Breslin will know this wont be a easy task over the two legs but will hope his side can still be in the tie after tonight. William Hill price Cliftonville at 11/1 (12.00) to win this evening, offering the draw at 9/2 (5.50).

Despite the bookies not giving Cliftonville much hope, the both teams to score bet at 23/20 (2.15) looks appealing. The Reds have scored in their last 24 home games, which, despite the opposition not being too strong, is still a mean feat. If you take into consideration that Celtic have been leaking goals all over the place during pre season, this is certainly worth backing.

Celtic have a number of players missing this evening, including Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley, who both contributed a number of goals last season. However, the ever present Kris Commons should take a lead role tonight, and after scoring six goals in his last nine games last season, the price of him to open the scoring at 4/1 (5.00) seems to offer value.

Both teams to score at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill
Kris Commons to score first at 4/1 (5.00) with William Hill

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