Celtic vs RB Leipzig
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Celtic are with their back against the wall in the group, obliged to beat RB Leipzig. After losing 2-0 in Germany two weeks ago, they are three points behind the German team. Celtic looked… harmless in Leipzig, finishing the game on just seven attempts, and no more than one(!) on target. Leipzig had 19 and three respectively. Celtic had almost 50% ball possession, but… they seemed unable to do anything with that. They lacked ideas, they lacked fantasy, and they lost rather easily, conceding twice in a matter of minutes in the first half. They did look impressive in their three games after that defeat in Germany, they beat Scotland championship leaders Hearts 5-0(!) last weekend, and recently beat them away as well, 0-3, in a League Cup match, they scored five past Dundee as well, but… when you see a team do that great at home, and so poorly internationally, you’re left… thinking about the level of their domestic competition…
Leipzig’s 2-0 win over Celtic at home two weeks ago was a… “professional” one, scoring in the 31st and the 35th minute, and putting the game to bed before the end of the first half. The German side didn’t worry a single bit in the second half, and were a bit unlucky not to score again. On six points from three matches in the group, visiting the team they have behind them in the table, three points far, someone could say that a draw in this game wouldn’t be a bad result for Leipzig. It would keep them second, three points clear off Celtic, plus, their game against bottom-of-the-table Rosenborg is at home, while Celtic still have to travel to Norway. Last weekend they beat Hertha 0-3 in Berlin. They are fourth in the Bundesliga, on 19 points from 10 matches.
Previous five matches:
Celtic vs Hearts 5-0
Dundee vs Celtic 0-5
Hearts vs Celtic 0-3
RB Leipzig vs Celtic 2-0
Celtic vs Hibernian 4-2
Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig 0-3
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Schalke 0-0
RB Leipzig vs Celtic 2-0
Augsburg vs RB Leipzig 0-0
Celtic’s next game is at Livingston, on Sunday (Scotland championship). Same day, Leipzig will be hosting Bayer Leverkusen (Germany Bundesliga).
Celtic vs RB Leipzig: Head to head Stats
Celtic have never hosted RB Leipzig before.
Celtic vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
As previously mentioned, a draw wouldn’t be a bad result for Leipzig, but I still expect them to win. They are just a much better team than – this – Celtic.
Celtic vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
I do expect Leipzig to win, but betting-wise, I’m going with goals. “Over 2.5” is at 1.80, and combined with “both teams to score” it pays better, 2.05. I see a 1-2, with Celtic scoring, but still losing.