UEFA Champions League – Celtic vs SC Braga – Betting Tips and Preview

Champions League BettingThe UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday night with football giants Celtic, who are on the brink of an unthinkable UEFA Champions League elimination. Celtic vs SC Braga provides some excellent betting value; just read below for the best value betting tips and preview of the game.

Match Preview

Celtic vs SC Braga

It took a lot of consideration for Celtic to make former captain Neil Lennon the permanent manager and surely that decision was put under further scrutiny as Celtic crashed 3-0 away to FC Braga in the first leg.

However, the result shouldn’t have been such a shock as Celtic has a poor record of 17 losses out of their last 21 away European games. By contrast, Braga had the best home record in Portugal in the 2009/10 season, where they remained undefeated with 14 wins and only one draw.

Celtic, who underwent a major reshuffle of their squad in the summer, gave four players their competitive debuts that day and star player McGeady was withdrawn from the squad at the last moment. In terrible conditions, the new look Celtic struggled. Despite this, Braga didn’t really threaten until new signing Ki inexplicably handled the ball in the box. Braga were suddenly 1-0 up and as Celtic pushed forward, Braga managed two late goals

On Wednesday night however, Celtic will be backed by 60,000 rocking fans, the Celtic board removed the game from TV to ensure this was a packed house. Celtic will really look to turn up the heat and are confident after their positive showing in the recent friendly 2-2 draw with Lyon and the 3-2 narrow loss against Manchester United after being 3-0 down.

Betting Tips

Our betting tip is Celtic to win; Celtic will come out blazing in front of their 60,000 fans and Braga should be intimidated, having never encountered such an atmosphere or a game of such importance. Lennon and his new shape team have been talking a good game to the media all week. New signing Gary Hooper predicting a 4-0 win and South Korean Star Ki claiming Celtic can “smash” Braga; now they will have to do it on the field

Looking back through history Celtics last successful manager, Gordon Strachan, started his own Celtic managerial career with a 5-0 loss to Artmedia Bratislava, also in the Qualifying Rounds in the Champions league.

Celtic produced a heroic comeback in the return leg which was sadly not enough as the game finished 4-0 to Celtic. Will Celtic do enough this time? I don’t know but ones thing for sure, 60,000 fans will demand that they put up a heroic fight. Will they dare to disappoint them?

William Hill Sports provides excellent value for Celtic to win in 90 minutes at 1.73.

And for those feeling extra risky surely there is some value for Celtic to win 4-0 with odds of 28, also at William Hill Sports.

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