Location: Celtic Park
Date: 28th September 2016
Live on BT Sport Europe
Celtic warmed up for Man City with a 6-1 win over Kilmarnock.
But they warmed up for Barcelona with a 5-1 win over Rangers so does that really tell us anything?
Brendan Rodgers has quickly steered his side beyond any challenge in Scotland. As a result the measure of progress is only determined against European competition. Barcelona was a yardstick they’d rather forget and are unlikely to repeat.
Although this Man City side will be gunning for Barca like comparisons. Ten wins from ten matches in all competitions tells it’s own story. Pep Guardiola has taken to English football better than even he will have expected.
He is helped by mega millions and an array of international talent. But plenty of managers have come before him and few (if any) have gelled the team so quickly. They also have five away wins from five away matches and ten goals in their three Champions League games so far.
It’s another daunting prospect for Celtic who could, dare I say will, see any pretence of qualification fall away by match-day two. For all their domestic dominance making an impact in European circles looks beyond them. Certainly in this season, at least.
Although everyone knows about the famed Celtic Park atmosphere and the boost that can give the home side. It has aided in notable scalps through the years. And while this City side look beyond them there is hope with Kevin De Bruyne having to sit this one out.
De Bruyne has been a key figure in their attacking make up. Without him they could falter and they are susceptible defensively. English sides have had hard games here, historically, and it won’t take much to turn the tie on it’s head.
But as much as I would love to plump for a Celtic win it would take incredibly wishful thinking.
Celtic v Man City Betting Tips And Predictions – Best Betting Odds
City have conceded in all but one of their away games this season. As such both teams to score can be considered although I was hoping for a better price than 1.83 (5/6) with Betfair, which you could have got a few days earlier. The price for +2.5 goals is also a tad short at 1.5 (1/2) across the board.
There may be some potential in backing Celtic on the handicap markets. Celtic +1.5 Asian Handicap is 1.96 (24/25) with McBookie. That bet would win if Celtic do no worse than losing by the odd goal. Given historical results that is not beyond them.
Personally I am going to take a long odds punt for some spare change for an interest. And I am veering towards Mikael Lustig to score first at 66/1 with 888Sport. Another option could be Kieran Tierney, who has hit the woodwork in his last three games, at 100/1 across the board. Those odds do look rather generous.
Celtic v Man City Betting Tips And Predictions – Free Football Tips
Mikael Lustig FGS @ 66/1 with 888Sport
Kieran Tierney FGS @ 100/1 with Ladbrokes