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Linfield v Celtic Betting: Rodgers' men set to go on early European romp

3:00 PM MYT 13/07/2017
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Although he suffered a shock defeat in last season's Champions League qualifiers, Al Hain-Cole expects Brendan Rodgers to oversee a big win this time

Linfield will be hoping to pull off a major upset when they welcome Celtic to Windsor Park for Friday's Champions League qualifier.

After narrowly seeing off San Marino's La Fiorita 1-0 on aggregate in the last round, the Blues are hefty 25/1 (26.00) outsiders with dabblebet to come out on top against the Scottish giants.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers' side broke numerous records en route to winning the Treble last season, and are priced at just 1/10 (1.10) to kick off this campaign with a victory in Belfast.

The hosts have actually drawn four and lost none of their last five Champions League fixtures in front of their own fans, and are on offer at 8/1 (9.00) to claim a creditable draw here.

Having conceded just one goal in those last five home matches, David Healy’s men may feel optimistic of frustrating their illustrious guests with some stern resistance in this eagerly-anticipated clash.

Indeed, it would not be the first European embarrassment for Rodgers, who suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Gibraltarian minnows Lincoln Red Imps in his first match in charge last summer.

However, it is hard to see the Northern Irishman being caught unawares in his home nation, particularly given how much the team have progressed in the last 12 months under his stewardship.

If Saturday’s 9-0 friendly victory over Shamrock Rovers is anything to go by, the Hoops will certainly not be taking anything for granted against more Irish opposition on Friday.

Considering they were soundly beaten 4-1 by a Hearts team that finished a full 60 points behind the champions in last season’s SPL in their last friendly, it seems that Linfield would actually do well to merely avoid a heavy thrashing here.

As it is, odds of 3/4 (1.75) seem relatively generous on Celtic making their far superior quality count and winning by at least a clear three goals against the part-timers in Belfast.

Celtic (-2) to win for a 2.5pt stake at 3/4 (1.75) with dabblebet