Celtic vs Anderlecht
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 5 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
“Over 4.5 goals”, at 2,10, that was the risk I was willing to take two weeks ago when Celtic visited PSG, and that “over 2.5” proved rather… conservative, as the Scotland champions got embarrassed, once again, losing 7-1(!). Their manager, Brendan Rodgers, found positives(!), comparing this humiliation to the 7-0 of last season, at Barcelona. Either way, Celtic are one step away from finishing third, so as to play Europa League football in February. They have already triumphed 3-0 in Brussels, earlier this season, so basically they need a draw, and even if they lose, they have to lose 3-0 (4-1, 5-2, and so on) to get eliminated. Last weekend they beat Motherwell 5-1 at home, continuing with their impressive run in their national championship.
It’s almost mission impossible for Anderlecht, they need to beat Celtic by three goals to finish third and play Europa League football in February, but… exactly the fact that… at this point, they have practically nothing to lose, may actually make them more dangerous than what someone could think. Two weeks ago they lost 2-1 at home to Bayern, a game in which “Bayern and under 3.5 goals” at, 2.50, was my tip. Last weekend they beat Lokeren 2-1 away from home, their third consecutive win in Belgium’s championship, where they are still third in the table, behind leaders Club Brugge and second-placed Sporting Charleroi. Anderlecht are still without a point in their CL group, they have scored just one goal, conceded 17, so… a realistic target in this match is to get something, anything, not to finish the group campaign on zero points.
Previous five matches:
Celtic vs Motherwell 5-1
Motherwell vs Celtic 1-1
Motherwell vs Celtic 0-2
PSG vs Celtic 7-1
Ross County vs Celtic 0-1
Lokeren vs Anderlecht 1-2
Anderlecht vs Standard Liège 0-1
Anderlecht vs Kortrijk 4-0
Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich 1-2
Mouscron vs Anderlecht 1-2
Celtic’s next game is on Sunday, at Hibernian (Scotland championship). Same day, Anderlecht will be hosting Sporting Charleroi (Belgium championship).
Celtic vs Anderlecht: Head to head Stats
Celtic have hosted Anderlecht once before, in 2003, a game they won 3-1 (Champions League group stage).
Celtic vs Anderlecht: Prediction
Celtic are considered clear favorites to win the game, but… call me suicidal, I actually see Anderlecht getting something from this match.
Celtic vs Anderlecht: Betting Tips
Anderlecht’s double chance pays 1.91, better than Celtic’s win alone. It’s a game I feel can end in anything from a… 0-0 draw, to a 1-2 Anderlecht win, so I’m leaving goals aside, I’m staying with that 1.91.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Bayern Munich vs PSG
- Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
- Roma vs Qarabag
- Barcelona vs Sporting
- Olympiakos vs Juventus
- Benfica vs Basel
- Maribor vs Sevilla
- Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
- Feyenoord vs Napoli
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
- RB Leipzig vs Besiktas
- Porto vs Monaco
- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia