Cluj v Celtic: Hoops face tricky Transylvania test


SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Wednesday night's Champions League contest as Celtic travel to Romania to face Cluj.

Cluj v Celtic | Wednesday 7th August 2019, 19:00 | Premier Sports

It’s so far so good for Celtic but they're only halfway to the Champions League group stage.

If the Bhoys see off Cluj it will be a fight to the finish against Slavia Prague for Neil Lennon's men.

Cluj are a big step up from Nomme Kalju, who were swatted aside 7-0, but I'm backing the Hoops to qualify. They are though short-priced favourites at 2/5 with the Romanian champs a best 12/5 with Bet365.

That's rating Celtic six times better than Dan Petruscu's side and the gap isn't as big as that. Cluj did well to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-2 in the previous round and have taken 10 out of 12 points domestically.

Cluj can't be underrated and I reckon Lenny will happily take a draw back to Parkhead to finish the job. Celtic are a best 17/10 at BetVictor to win with Cluj 2/1 with the draw 21/10. Lennon's side have hit 14 goals in three games and a scoring draw pays 15/4 (Bet365).

The Celtic boss would have been delighted to see Ryan Christie, Mikey Johnston, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths net in Saturday's 7-0 rout of St Johnstone, even if it maybe wasn't the test he wanted ahead of a tough European tie.

Last season Edouard was relied on too much but now Christie is the main man, and after his weekend hat-trick, I'm on him to net again at 7/2 with Coral. To net first the midfielder is 15/2 at Sky Bet.

Best Bets

Cluj v Celtic – Draw and Both Teams To Score (15/4 Bet365)

Cluj v Celtic – Ryan Christie to score at anytime (7/2 Coral)

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