The main thing this Qarabag v Celtic betting preview was concerned with was ‘would the game go ahead at the allotted time and place’?
The latest word on twitter is that the game will go ahead although Celtic are within their rights to be aggrieved with the set up.
But the pitch will be a worry to more than Celtic. The home side, Qarabag, are a footballing side so a hard bumpy pitch will be no more in their favour than Scottish Football‘s champions.
And it won’t help the punters out much either. That means that the biggest concern you should have going into this match is the pitch. It is by far the biggest imponderable.
Mind you, it could point to one particular outcome. Any experienced goals backer will tell you there is one thing to avoid when looking for goals. A bad pitch!
Whether it be snow covered, muddy, waterlogged or dry and bumpy like the one featuring in this Qarabag v Celtic betting preview it USUALLY leads to a lack of goals.
It’s harder to control the ball, harder to pass accurately to a teammate, harder to get a shot on target. So it’s little wonder to see the price for less than 3 goals at a best 1.57(4/7) with Skybet.
That’s a little short to get involved with although, as mentioned, a paucity of goals has a high degree of occurring.
Many will like the look of the opposite outcome of +2.5 goals at 2.5(6/4) with William Hill and Coral but it looks like the goals markets are best left alone on this occasion.
Qarabag v Celtic betting preview.
It looks like there is only one market worth considering here and that’s backing a team to qualify. Frankly, Celtic look more than capable of getting the job done but are they worthy of a price 1.17(1/6) to do so?
Apart from the bumpy surface there is another obstacle the Celtic players will have to overcome and that’s the searing heat.
A spokesperson from Baku said to the BBC Scotland website “At the moment in Baku, it is about 38 or 39 degrees but at pitch level at midday it is about 51 or 52 degrees”.
That won’t be easy to contend with and a goal for the home side at any time in this UEFA Champions League qualifier will put the pressure on the Scottish champions. This Qarabag v Celtic betting preview is leaning towards seeing the pressure on for Celtic.
Remember Qarabag have avoided defeat to Inter, St Etienne and Twente in the last year at home. Domestically they have been defeated just once in twenty-five home league matches.
So does a price of 5.25(17/4) with McBookie for Qarabag to turn the tables on a 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park not seem a little high to you, too? It looks worthy of a small stake purely for value.
Lets be clear though. Celtic have plenty in hand to see them off. Ronny Deila has a clean bill of health apart from Izaguirre but Mulgrew and Griffiths look set to play some part.
UPDATE: Charlie Mulgrew is no longer available for Celtic.
Griffiths may have to settle for a place on the bench as the more physical nature of Nadir Ciftci’s play could get him the nod but Griffiths is in fine goalscoring form so is likely to turn out at some point.
So backing Qarabag to qualify is definitely a risky strategy and a small stake would be advised.
And, despite that analysis, it’s also impossible to not back both Lustig and Boyata on the First goalscorer market for small stakes at 33/1 a piece with Skybet and Boylesports respectively.
Qarabag v Celtic Betting Preview recommended free football tips and betting tips.
Qarabag TO QUALIFY @ 5.25 with McBookie (small stake).
Boyata FGS @ 33/1 with Boylesports.
Lustig FGS @ 33/1 with Skybet.