Celtic v Cluj: Hoops have the edge at Parkhead


SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Tuesday night's Champions League contest as Celtic welcome Cluj to Parkhead.

Celtic v Cluj | Tuesday 13th August 2019, 19:45 | Celtic TV

Celtic have done the difficult part by drawing in Romania and should see off Cluj at home on Tuesday night. Slavia Prague await the winners for a qualifying “cup final” and James Forrest's strike last week gives the Scots the edge.

A score draw was a decent result although Cluj can't be written off as they drew 2-2 at Maccabi Tel Aviv in the previous round and tend to play on the front foot. Dan Petrescu's side must score and they can against an outfit looking dodgy at the back and electric up top.

Celtic are no bigger than 1/3 to qualify and 4/6 to win in 90 minutes – the only result that can force extra time is 1-1. Both to score pays 5/4 at Bet365 and best bet could be Celtic and both to score at 16/5 with Coral.

Keeper Scott Bain hasn't looked as sharp as last season, while the likes of Boli Bolingoli are still finding their feet. So while Neil Lennon's men look exposed, he can't have any complaints at the other end with 12 goals in two Premiership games, and five at home to Nomme Kalju in the previous round.

Ryan Christie, now on penalties, has seven goals in seven games and is 10/3 at Unibet to score again. Christie's hogged the headlines but Forrest and Callum McGregor are capable of contributing goals too and the latter looks big at 8/1 with William Hill to net.

Best Bets

Celtic v Cluj – Celtic to win and Both Teams To Score (16/5 Coral)

Celtic v Cluj – Ryan Christie to score at anytime (10/3 Unibet)

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Mr Fixit is the resident football tipster at the Daily Record, Scotland's best read newspaper. He's also the proud host of one the best betting communities on the web, MrFixitsTips.co.uk.

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