UFA v Rangers | Thursday 30th August 2018, 15:00
Celtic should ease past Suduva but it’s tougher for Steven Gerrard’s men who take a 1-0 lead to Russian Euro rookies Ufa.
I tipped Gers to qualify last week but expected them to win 2-0 or 3-0 at home so this one’s finely balanced.
Before the 3-3 weekend draw at Motherwell the Scots had been defensively sound but aside from conceding three goals it was worrying to see them battered in the closing stages.
Ufa aren’t high scorers and their only goals in seven games were home and away to Progres Niederkorn and they conceded in both legs to the Luxembourg side.
So if Gers score they should make the groups as Ufa are unlikely to hit three. Maribor are a better side than Ufa and Gerrard managed to inspire a 0-0 draw in Slovenia so I’m on the Ibrox men to win or draw at 8-15 with William Hill.
Celtic v Suduva | Thursday 30th August 2018, 20:00
Celtic beat Suduva 8-1 at home 16 years ago but today’s side lacking a cutting edge. A 1-0 win against Hamilton summed up their season with chances missed.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are massive favourites to win at 1-7 with bet365 so if you want value you have to put faith in them winning by two or three.
I wouldn’t go past minus one which pays 2-5 at bet365.
Moussa Dembele looks on his way to Lyon and Odsonne Edouard won’t start so Leigh Griffiths is the man to back for first scorer at 3-1 with bet365.
UFA v Rangers – Rangers to score
Celtic v Suduva – Celtic -1 handicap
Rangers to score and Celtic -1 handicap double (19/20 Sporting Bet)
Celtic v Suduva – Leigh Griffiths to score first (3/1 Bet365)