Celtic’s Champions League campaign continues against Rosenborg in Glasgow on Wednesday night.
These two teams met at this stage of the competition last term with Brendan Rodgers’ men progressing after a 1-0 aggregate victory, and the stage is set for another tight tussle on this occasion.
The Hoops cruised to a 6-0 aggregate victory against Alashkert of Armenia in the previous round and they are chalked up as 4/11 (1.37) favourites with dabblebet to take a first leg lead.
Rosenborg looked set for a shock exit at the hands of Valur in the first qualifying round, but former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner spared his side’s blushes with a stoppage-time winner to send the Norwegian champions through.
Interim manager Rini Coolen took over from Kare Inbrigtsen just days after that win over Valur and is 7/1 (8.0) to seize the initiative with a win in his first match, while the draw can be backed at 15/4 (4.75) .
Jozo Simunovic will miss this tie after being sent off after just 11 minutes against Alashkert at Celtic Park last week, while Marvin Compper is injured and Moussa Dembele may miss out.
World Cup defenders Mikael Lustig and Dedryk Boyata may be brought back into fold earlier than planned after being given time off following their exploits in Russia.
Coolen could make changes to Rosenborg’s starting line-up but Bendtner, who scored twice against Valur last week, seems certain to lead the line for the visitors in Glasgow.
These two teams played out a tense 0-0 draw at Celtic Park last term and dabblebet go just 3/4 (1.75) that there are fewer than three goals in this game, while the odds compilers offer 8/15 (1.53) that either side fails to find the net.
Celtic looked sharp in attack last week, scoring three first-half goals against Alashkert and, although Rosenborg will be determined to keep things tight, the Scottish champions may prove to be too hot to handle here.
The 21/20 (2.05) quote, then, for the Hoops to lead at both half time and full time could represent real value for punters ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Celtic Park.