Celtic face a tough test when they travel to take on Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie on Thursday night.
The Hoops have a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg and, following a sloppy performance from Roberto Mancini’s men in Glasgow, the Scottish champions will harbour hopes of progressing to the next round.
Despite defeat at Celtic Park, Zenit are chalked up as dabblebet’s 6/10 (1.60) favourites to turn the tie on its head with a win on their own patch.
A draw, of course, would suffice for the Scots and dabblebet go 14/5 (3.80) that the tie is deadlocked after 90 minutes.
The Hoops have won just one of their last 18 away matches in this competition so it is of little surprise that they are 17/4 (5.25) to buck that trend with a vital victory in Russia.
Scott Sinclair was named as a substitute for last week’s first leg, but Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to field the former Manchester City player here.
Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths missed last week’s first leg and will not be fit for the trip to Russia.
Goals at both ends
Celtic will certainly be tempted to take the tie to their hosts, knowing that an away goal could go a long way towards securing their passage to the last 16 of the competition.
There have been goals at both ends in eight of Celtic’s last nine away ties in the Europa League and dabblebet go 10/11 (1.95) that the trend continues in this clash.
Zenit to strike
The Russians may have drawn a blank in the first leg, but they scored 17 goals in the group stage – more than any other side – and they will feel confident of turning the tie around.
Indeed, dabblebet go just 8/11 (1.73) that Mancini’s side manage more than a single goal in this game.
Tips and predictions
Celtic’s wretched record on the road in this competition is a major concern and it is the 6/4 (2.50) quote for Zenit (-1) to beat the handicap mark that could represent decent value for punters.
Zenit (-1) at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet