Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps Betting Preview
Location: Celtic Park
Date: 20th July 2016
It is utterly inconceivable that Celtic fail to qualify for the next round.
But it was just as inconceivable that Celtic would lose to Lincoln Red Imps in the first game. As it turns out that is what they duly did and all the fears and frustrations from last season boiled right back up to eye level in the Celtic support.
In the absence of Ronny Deila the players and the board have taken the brunt of the blame. Brendan Rodgers is been given the benefit of the doubt and rightly so. There is no need to abandon the optimism that greeted his appointment just yet.
But if The Hoops were to fail to overcome the part timers then it would be more than the coefficient heading south. His transfer budget would likely plummet just as sharply. Most damaging of all could be the potentially irreparable damage to his standing amongst the fans.
Although there is hardly a need to discuss this outcome. It won’t happen. It simply can’t happen. Even though this group of Celtic players are being labelled as gutless pretenders. Even though they appear to crack at the slightest hint of pressure.
Despite these and plenty more frailties they should see the job through. They should see it through quite comfortably. After that there is the daunting prospect of FC Astana in Kazakhstan. That is where their frailties are likely to put through the ringer.
What is inconceivable now looks quite likely then.
Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
Celtic are no higher than 1.06 (1/18) to win this match with bet365 and others. Lincoln Red Imps are as high as 50/1 with Betfair and Ladbrokes. Marathon Bet are the best price for the draw at 15.5 (29/2).
Celtic with a -2 handicap has been backed in from 1.8 (4/5) to 1.62 (8/13) with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. What value there may have been there looks to have gone.
Both teams to score comes in at 3/1 with William Hill. Given Celtic’s defensive uncertainty that could have some potential. You will need to look at +3.5 goals to get any kind of backable price. Paddy Power and William Hill both offer 1.91 (10/11) for that outcome.
A better alternative may be to back Celtic -3 Asian Handicap at 1.93 (13/14) with Ladbrokes. That offers stake back insurance should Celtic win the game 3-0.
Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Predictions
Celtic -3 Asian Handicap @ 1.93 with Ladbrokes