Celtic - Elfsborg Betting Preview: Home advantage crucial to Hoops' hopes

Neil Lennon's side are aiming to build a solid first-leg lead to take into next week's return in Sweden and Willie Duncan is backing the Scottish champions to win comfortably
Celtic will hope to move a step closer to qualifying for the Champions League group stages when they take on Swedish side Elfsborg in the first leg of their third qualifying round fixture at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops are firm favourites to take an advantage into next week’s return leg in Sweden, with Paddy Power making the Scottish champions a 4/7 (1.57) shot to win on Wednesday.

Elfsborg secured an emphatic 11-1 aggregate win over Latvian side Daugava Daugavpils to set up this tie but the trip to Glasgow represents a significant step up in class for Jorgen Lennartsson’s men.

The Swedish side are available at a chunky 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to win at Celtic Park. The same firm offer 14/5 (3.80) that the first leg ends all square.

Celtic boast a formidable home record in European competition, with the Hoops having lost just one of their last eight matches on home soil and Neil Lennon’s side will be desperate to make home advantage count here.

The Hoops are chalked up at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power to lead at both half-time and full-time on Wednesday evening while the same firm offer an appealing 11/8 (2.63) for Celtic (-1) in the handicap market.

Jorgen Lennartson’s side have won just one of their last six league fixtures and have conceded in six of their last seven matches in all competitions so there is no doubt that Elfsborg will have to raise their game considerably if they are to stand any chance of achieving a positive result in Glasgow.

It is worth noting that the Hoops have won by at least two goals in each of their last five competitive fixtures and the 11/8 (2.63) quote for Celtic (-1) to win in Paddy Power’s handicap market is the recommended play here.

Neil Lennon’s men can be trusted to seize the initiative and the juicy 6/1 (7.0) quote from Paddy Power for the Hoops to win 2-0 looks to represent excellent value for those seeking to back bigger prices.
Celtic (-1) at 11/8 (2.63) with Paddy Power Celtic to win 2-0 at 6/1 (7.0) with Paddy Power

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