CELTIC and Rangers continue their Europa League excursions on Thursday night. Scottish football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews their encounters.
Celtic v RB Leipzig | Thursday 8th November 2018, 20:00 | BT Sport
It’s been the same old story for Celtic – hot at home and cold in Europe. At least they've turned up the temperature ahead of a visit from RB Leipzig and Brendan Rodgers's men have a bit of hope.
Ahead of the meeting in Germany I confidently tipped Leipzig at -1 and they cruised to victory. Since then Celtic have netted 13 in three games and played their best football of the season while RB continue to keep clean sheets – that's six in a row and the last time they conceded was at Rosenborg.
The Germans though are weakened by the absence of playmaker Emil Forsberg while Jean-Kevin Agustin is doubtful. If Celtic can cut out mistakes at the back – and Filip Benkovic should help there – they could pick up a point in a score draw that pays 6/1 at bet365.
Despite the Germans' stingy defence, Celtic have shown enough up front recently to believe they can score and are 2/5 to do so and 2/1 at bet365 to net 2+.
Callum McGregor has been in brilliant form since Scott Brown dropped out injured and likes a big goal. He is 6/1 at Paddy Power to net.
Spartak Moscow v Rangers | Thursday 8th November 2018, 17:55 | BT Sport
Rangers have been better than Celtic in Europe (11 undefeated) but not as good on the domestic front in recent weeks.
Steven Gerrard takes his side to a Spartak Moscow club that seems in crisis -on and off the field – and should be able to take advantage by at least drawing but have been hit with a blow as Ryan Kent has a hamstring injury and will be out for a few weeks.
Alfredo Morelos is 7/1 to score first while James Tavernier could be worth at look at any time at 6/1 with bet365.
Celtic v RB Leipzig – Celtic v RB Leipzig to draw and Both Teams To Score (6/1 Bet365)
Spartak Moscow v Rangers – Rangers draw no bet (31/20 Paddy Power)