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Celtic v Suduva Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

15:53 IST 30/08/2018
Kieran Tierney Celtic 2018-19
Our tipster thinks that the Scottish champions will march into the Europa League group stages with a comfortable victory at Celtic Park on Thursday

Celtic will hope to make home advantage count when they face Lithuanian champions, Suduva, in Thursday's Europa League play-off round second leg.

Brendan Rodgers' side came up short in their quest to qualify for the Champions League group stages, but a clean sheet in Glasgow will guarantee the Hoops a place in the Europa League group stages.

Latest odds

Despite being forced to settle for a draw last week, the Scottish champions were well on top for long spells in Lithuania and are strong favourites to progress.

Indeed, SportPesa make the Hoops 2/25 (1.08) favourites to win on home soil, while the same firm go 31/4 (8.75) that the match is level at the end of 90 minutes.

Suduva arrive in Glasgow dreaming of taking a significant scalp and the visitors are a 25/1 (26.0) chance to claim a famous victory on Scottish soil.

Team news

Dedryck Boyata could start at the heart of the defence after returning to the Hoops' line-up against Hamilton Academical on Sunday - and scoring the only goal of the game in the second half.

Strikers Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele started that match and will be hoping to retain their place ahead of the visit of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, but Odsonne Edouard could be fit to return for the Hoops.

Aleksandar Zivanovic, Jovan Cadenovic, Vital Hayduchyk and manager Vladimir Cherubin all face a race against time to secure a visa ahead of the visit to Glasgow, although the Lithuanians are hopeful the quartet will be cleared to travel.

Comfortable for Celtic?

Celtic have scored 11 goals on home soil this season and can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to score more than two goals against the Lithuanian champions - a selection that would have landed in three of the Hoops' last five home fixtures.

The same firm go 4/11 (1.36) that Celtic win by at least two clear goals; that particular play would have landed in five of the Hoops' six wins in all competitions thus far this term.

Prediction

Despite not establishing a lead in Lithuania, the Hoops will feel confident of reaching the group stages after dominating proceedings in last week's first leg.

With Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash with Rangers looming large, Celtic will be keen to chalk up an emphatic victory here and SportPesa's 4/5 (1.80) quote for the Hoops to score at least three goals could represent good value for punters.

Celtic over 2.5 team goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 3pt stake with SportPesa