Celtic have already qualified for the Europa League knockout stages, however they are excellent value at 11/4 to beat Zagreb on Thursday evening.
The Hoops have been far from convincing in the Europa league so far. Nevertheless they have qualified for the knockout stages and will be eager to finish the group stage with a win in Croatia on Thursday evening.
The East Glasgow side opened their campaign in impressive fashion, however they have tailed off in the recent rounds, drawing 1-1 with Astras and suffering a poor 3-1 defeat at home to Salzburg, a match which they were fully expected to win.
A victory in that match would have guaranteed Ronny Deila’s side a place in the last 32, however they were two goals down within the opening 15 minutes and had to rely on Astras defeating Zagreb in the other Group D match to ensure a place in the next round.
The match against Zagreb on Thursday will allow Celtic a chance to relax somewhat and the Hoops manager will almost certainly opt to rest some key players and start some of his fringe squad.
Bet365 are offering a meaty 11/4 for Celtic to beat Zagreb, an excellent price, especially when one considers that the Croatian side have lost their last four European matches. The hosts shouldn’t put up too much resistance and Celtic could easily snatch the three points on this occasion, the team effectively having nothing to lose.
A repeat of the 1-0 scoreline at Parkhead in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign would be welcomed by the visitors, however the Hoops have failed to win away from home in either this competition or the Champions league since 2012. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet on the road for five years and it is hard to see this record coming to an end on Thursday.
On this occasion, we’ll be backing a Celtic win with both teams scoring, Bet365 offering 13/2 for such an outcome. Considering their away record in European competitions, we feel that this is the only way that the visitors can triumph on Thursday evening.
Our betting tips
Celtic win with both teams scoring – Bet365 13/2