SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Wednesday night’s Champions League qualifier between Anderlecht and Celtic.
Anderlecht v Celtic | Wednesday 27th September 2017, 19:45 | BT Sport
It’s matchday two of the Champions League but Celtic and Anderlecht are already playing for a Europa League future. PSG and Bayern Munich will finish first and second in Group B so third spot is up for grabs to the also-rans.
And in this case Brendan Rodgers will be happy to be an also-ran if it means European football beyond Christmas. Celtic can’t compete with megabucks PSG and Baayern but they’re at the same level as Anderlecht, so should be targeting at least a point in Brussels.
Last season in the group stages the Bhoys picked up a point at Man City and Monchengladbach – and that should be their minimum aim on Wednesday night.
Celtic are 5/2 underdogs while Anderlecht are 11/10 favourites in Brussels. The draw pays 11/4 and I’m on Celtic double chance at 4/5 (Sportinbget).
Anderlecht don’t look a great side and axed coach Rene Weiler after two wins in seven. Caretaker Nicolas Frutos has steadied the ship with one-goal victories at Westerlo and Waasland.
If Celtic play their best they can avoid defeat and have goals in their side and Both Teams To Score looks a shout at 9/13 (10BET). Leigh Griffiths is likely to plough a lone furrow up front and is 11/2 at Unibet to score first while Scott Sinclair is 15/2.
Anderlecht v Celtic – Celtic double chance (4/5 Sportingbet)