Celtic welcome Cluj to Glasgow on Tuesday evening for the second leg of this Champions League qualifier. The home stadium will be packed to the rafters with the locals looking to cheer their heroes on to progress.
A Closer Look
Get through this match and there will be just one final playoff round standing between the Scottish champions and the Champions League group stages.
The Hoops looked to be up against it away from home less than a week ago. However, they battled to leave with a hard-earned draw, holding out for a 1-1 finish. Rondon broke the deadlock on 28 minutes to give Cluj a deserved lead. Then Forrest fired an equaliser with 37 on the clock. Celtic still have a lot of work to do if they are to get through. However, a draw and an away goal is about as good as fans could’ve hoped for heading into the first leg.
Locals as Favourites
Will they get the job done with the backing of their own support? Bookmakers certainly believe so. They have priced the locals as favourites. Agree? Back Celtic at Unibet and you’ll get your hands on a decent 3/4. That’s one of the better prices available on the home win. The same firm is top offer on the draw at 13/5; a Cluj upset standout at Ladbrokes who go 21/5.
Celtic will feel they have done the hard work necessary to get through this tie. A goalless draw would be enough to see them progress. So, keeping things tight at the back against decent opposition will be their main objective. Score first and The Bhoys are all but through. Both teams to score, as they did last time, is 21/20 (Ladbrokes) and that’ll be popular in accumulators.