One of the glorious and historic football clubs that have created the history of this sport, Celtic, meets with the Danish powerhouse, Midtjylland, on Tuesday night. The two sides enter this clash after not so confident performances in recent times, and their fans are a bit concerned before this matchup. A lot is at stake, the Champions League, the money, and what is more important, momentum before starting the competitive matches. These teams like to play tough and exciting games, which promises a good fight on Tuesday night.
Celtic (-105) lost the most recent game against Preston North End, and that was a big slap in the face for Ange Postecoglou’s side. We do respect Preston, but Celtic played at home, and despite the Bhoys having lots of problems, we can’t justify this defeat.
Previously, Celtic played 0-0 against Bristol City, and before that posted two wins, one against Sheffield Wednesday, 1-3, and Charlton, 1-2. As you see, Celtic matches don’t have some patterns when it comes to efficiency, and the same was during the previous season.
This is a new era for the Bhoys, who lost the title in 2020, after nine consecutive seasons. With Postecoglu in charge, they will be looking to come back on the top and dethrone Glasgow Rangers quickly.
Midtjylland (+270) lost the opening match of the Danish championship, and to make it even worse, they’ve done that at home. Odense left MCH Arena with all three points and a 1-2 victory.
This is the second loss Midtjylland has had since the beginning of this season, with the first one being against Lech Poznan in the club-friendly game, 3-2. Apart from that, Bo Henriksen’s side posted two wins via identical results, 1-2, against Malmo and Sigma Olomouc.
As you can see, this side plays very efficient football, with goals on both ends of the field. That was the case in the previous season once they participated in the UEFA Champions League too.
Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are both ruled out, which is a big problem for the Bhoys’ defensive line. Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston are questionable, the same Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard, but the two should be ready, the Scottish media suggest. James Forrest is doubtful per sources from within the club, following a period of self-isolation.
Aral Simsir is COVID positive and out for the guests. Nicolas Madsen picked up an injury, and won’t play.
Head to Head Matches
This is the first game between these two teams.
Celtic has certain troubles with absent players, and we believe that Postecoglu’s tactics will be a bit more cautious. Midtjylland, on the other hand, comes to Scotland after an opening defeat in the Danish championship, and we believe that Henriksen, too, won’t be keen to open and attack the hosts.
Due to all this, our pick for this match is moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals. The majority of bookmakers have set the odds for it between -110 and +100, which is, in our opinion, an excellent bargain. Even though the odds on Celtic’s win seem tempting, don’t go with it.
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