Scottish treble winners Celtic travel to Cluj in the third qualifying round of the Champions League as they edge closer to a place in the group stages, where the money increases and things get interesting. Here are our Cluj v Celtic betting tips.
A Closer Look
The winner of this tie played out over two legs will progress to a play-off, the loser dumped into the Europa League.
Celtic have impressed in the two rounds that have gone before this and seem to be settling into life under Neil Lennon, who took over from fellow countryman Brendan Rodgers midway through last season. Lennon has put his own stamp on the squad this summer and hasn’t been shy in splashing the cash either, spending to improve the defence in the hope of making The Hoops more difficult to break down, especially on the continent.
Away Team Confidence
Will that help them sneak past Cluj? Confidence is high in the away dressing room, but they must ensure they either keep the scores down or get an away goal of their own to keep things competitive heading to Glasgow in a week’s time. Bookies have an away win marked up as favourite, with William Hill offering 13/8. Those looking to side with home comforts can get 17/10 with the same firm on the home cheer and a draw is yours at 21/10 (William Hill).
The latter wouldn’t put either side off, but it would do more good than harm to Celtic’s chances and we’re sure Neil Lennon would accept a level finish if offered it before kick-off on Wednesday. The Bhoys beat Nomme Kalju in the previous round courtesy of a stunning 7-0 aggregate score and that came on the back of a 5-2 advantage when faced with FK Sarajevo in the first round.