Here we go! My first Champions League group stage Asian Handicap Betting Preview of the new season. Tense times, let’s hope I can bring home some profit here as this is a historic tie between FC Barcelona and Celtic at the Nou Camp which awaits.
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Barcelona head into this match after a game that they will want to brush under the carpet quickly. Luis Enrique’s side losing 2-1 at home to newly promoted Deportivo Alaves. However, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez didn’t start the game, coming on in the 66th minute.
Apart from this result, Barcelona have been cruising mainly due to Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker has bagged 88 goals and 43 assists in his first 100 games for the club. A player Celtic will definitely have to keep an eye on, along with Lionel Messi and Olympic gold medallist Neymar.
In La Liga, Barcelona sit fifth in the table after three games. But in the Champions League, Enrique’s side remain unbeaten at home since 2013. Last season they looked favourites to retain the title, but Atletico Madrid had other ideas beating Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate over two legs.
Two players arw out injured for Barcelona, including goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. On top of this, Enrique has stated he doesn’t know if he will start Messi against the Scottish Champions on Tuesday night.
Celtic, meanwhile, will be high in spirits after a fantastic Old Firm Derby victory at home against Rangers. Brendan Rodgers’ side beating the newly promoted side 5-1; Moussa Dembele scoring a hat-trick at Celtic Park.
Furthermore, in the SPFL they sit top of the table after four matches with a 100% record. But, their road to the group stages was more difficult. Rodgers witnessed his team lose to Gibraltar outfit Lincoln Red Imps, before they won the second leg. They went on to face Astana and Hapoel Be’er Sheva before being drawn alongside the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Last season, Celtic failed to qualify for the UCL, losing to Malmo FF over two legs. From there they went into the Europa League and put in a dismal display only to finish bottom of their group.
Now though, Rodgers has got his side back to a familiar best, and with Scott Sinclair and Dembele contributing with the goals it looks a promising campaign for the Bhoys.
These two sides have a historic past. The last time they met at the Nou Camp Barcelona won 6-1; Neymar scoring a hat-trick. In fact since 2004, Celtic have never won in the Spanish city.
What do we think? Celtic to play solid, deep and on the counter? However, I cannot see the Bhoys holding out Suarez and co. for long. That’s why I am looking at overs for this pick.
Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 4 goals @ 2.05 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.