Europa League – Old Firm foes face Austrian examinations


CELTIC and Rangers continue their Europa League excursions on Thursday night. Scottish football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews their encounters.

Red Bull Salzburg v Celtic | Thursday 4th October 2018, 17:55 | BT Sport

Celtic face a tough test in Austria on Thursday. Red Bull Salzburg are in fab form with nine wins in a row giving them a 100% league record.

Like Celtic, they flopped in the Champions League qualifiers but showed their quality with a 3-2 opening-day Europa League win at RB Leipzig.

Brendan Rodgers's side aren't firing on all cylinders but defensively have been strong. I'm backing Red Bull to win at 8/13 with Ladbrokes and doubled with Rangers that pays 11/1 at Marathon.

Salzburg have netted three or more in five of their last six, while 1-0 is Celtic's favourite score these days. Over 2.5 match goals has a chance at 4/5 (SkyBet).

But instead, Manus Dabbour netted the opener in Germany and bagged a double at the weekend. Back him at 69/20 with Marathon to score first.

Rangers v Rapid Vienna | Thursday 4th October 2018, 20:00 | BT Sport

Rangers should take care of Rapid Vienna at home. Rapid are in poor form and sacked Goran Djuricin at the weekend after a 2-0 home defeat by St Polten left them 18 points off the pace.

St Polten boss Dietmar Kuhbauer, a former Rapid star, was quickly appointed to the hots-eat and will have little time to lift his side.

Rangers' battling draw in Villarreal stretched their unbeaten Euro record to 10 and Steven Gerrard's men attract at 21-20 with Matchbook to win.

Rapid have lost their last six away games – four of them by 2-1 – and 2-1 Rangers pays 8/1 at BetVictor.

Kyle Lafferty netted his first Euro goal in Villarreal and is 17/10 at 888 to score again. Alfredo Moreles is 19/10 at Betway.

Best Bets

Red Bull Salzburg v Celtic – Manus Dabbour to score first (69/20 Marathon)

Back the Red Bull Salzburg/Rangers win double (11/5 Marathon)

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