Fenerbahce v Celtic betting preview
Location: Sukru Sarocoglu
Date: 10th December 2015.
Live on BT Sport 2
Celtic fans won’t accept any notion of a dead rubber in their final European match of the season.
There’s pride to play for and for Ronny Deila there’s the hope that one final good performance might give him a chance of securing another crack at it next season.
While they are guaranteed to finish bottom of the group a win could see some respite for the Celtic manager. Were he then to go on to complete a domestic treble his job might just be secure for one more season.
He will have to contend without the injured Scott Brown who has at least eleven weeks left on the sidelines. Charlie Mulgrew was rushed back in the last group match, suffering a setback that sees him out for another sustained period.
Around three hundred Hoops fans are expected to make the trip despite the grievous warnings from the media. Running the gauntlet hasn’t fazed them but how will the players react to the infamous Istanbul atmosphere?
This is no game for shrinking violets and unfortunately for Celtic they have had a few of them this season. Desire and bravery have been absent in European games and they will be needed in abundance on Thursday evening.
It’s hard to see past a Fenerbahce victory. Their form has improved since the mercenariness of the team began to gel. They are undefeated since losing to Molde in the first game of the group and a win could see them top the table if Molde lose to Ajax.
A draw will be enough to see them through to the next phase courtesy of a better head to head record but it’s hard to see them sitting back and resting on their laurels.
The best I can say for Celtic’s chances of winning the game is that the pressure is off. They have performed well in the past with no expectations although even at long odds I couldn’t back them.
But one thing that can’t be ignored is the way Celtic have started their UEL matches. They have taken the lead both home and away to Ajax and were 2-0 up at home to Fenerbahce before defensive lapses cost them.
Celtic have drawn just three blanks in their last nineteen Europa League games. One was last season away to Inter having been reduced to ten men early on. The other two were against an imperious Atletico Madrid side.
Celtic scoring isn’t completely unfathomable and both teams scoring could be in with a very good chance.
Fenerbahce v Celtic Betting Preview Betting Odds
There will be plenty tempted to back the home side on the handicap. Celtic have lost by two goals away to Molde and Malmo already this season. McBookie offer 2.05 (21/20) for a -1.5 Asian handicap.
Both teams to score is the same price with 888Sport and that is a very tempting price. It ranges from 1.91 (10/11 William Hill) and 1.8 (4/5) with other bookies but I would struggle to go below the price of 1.91.
On the first goalscorer markets I am going to have a small pop on Nir Bitton at 40/1 with bet365, Mikael Lustig at 50/1 with bet365 and Dedryck Boyata at 66/1 with Paddy Power. Although, to be honest, it is chasing rainbows and not really advisable.
I just couldn’t handle it if one of them scored and I hadn’t invested a little something at those prices.
Fenerbahce v Celtic betting preview free football tips and betting tips
Both Teams To Score @ 2.05 with 888Sport
Dedryck Boyata FGS @ 66/1 with Paddy power
Mikael Lustig FGS @ 50/1 with bet365
Nir Bitton FGS @ 40/1 with bet365