AFTER a 2-0 win last week, Celtic look to progress in the Champions League against Stjarnan this Wednesday. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) shares his thoughts.
Stjarnan v Celtic | Wednesday 20:15 | BT Sport 1
Last week my approach to the Celtic game was to go low on goals and it paid off as the Scots side won the game just 2-0. Perhaps I got lucky though as a flurry of chances were missed including a Leigh Griffiths penalty.
Opponents Stjarnan offered very little. Just two shots recorded and none of them on target, they’ll have to up their game on Wednesday to have any lingering thoughts of competing in this tie.
The Icelandic side won three of their four home matches in last season’s Europa League but were battered 3-0 by Inter in the other game. Domestically they’ve been having a wretched time of it with no wins in five at Stjornuvollur and four defeats in that period.
As usual, Celtic are a short price to get the victory. Betway go best price 1/2 for them to win here but it’s just too short for me. Celtic only won 1-0 in Iceland last season when they played KR at the same stage and a similar scoreline here wouldn’t surprise me.
It’s the Unders that really appeal from a betting point of view. Under 2.5 is a very reasonable 19/20 with Bet365 but the 11/4 with William Hill on less than 1.5 gets me going. I’ll also a wee nibble on 0-0 at 12/1 with Coral.
Stjarnan looked impotent in front of goal last week and have fired blanks in two of their last four home games. Celtic missed a heap of chances and are slowly easing into the new season. This could be a game without much incident.
Stjarnan v Celtic – Under 1.5 Goals (11/4 William Hill)
Stjarnan v Celtic – 0-0 Correct Score (12/1 Coral)
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