Anderlecht vs Celtic FC
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (Anderlecht).
Anderlecht versus Celtic FC is not a glamorous match-up as compared to most of the fixtures on Wednesday, but there are plenty of profitable betting markets for eager punters. We will start by analyzing the teams before picking the best bets for the match.
Both teams lost their matchday 1 fixtures by heavy margins against far superior opponent – Anderlecht 0-3 away at Bayern Munich and Celtic 0-5 at home to PSG. Neither of them are expected to progress to the Champions League group stage, but they are everything to play for a place in the Europa League round of 32. The results from their two head-to-head meetings will be the one deciding this.
Anderlecht’s recent form has been inconsistent as 3 wins came from their last 8 matches, drew 2 and lost 3. The poor run of results has already pushed them down in the Belgian league.
At home, Anderlecht can still be considered a dangerous team. They lost to St. Truiden a couple of weeks ago. Other than this, there has been wins in remaining three games.
Celtic are expected to run away with Scottish Premiership this season and they are doing well in that aspect. However, their away record at the Championship is extremely poor. Things looked different when they picked up back-to-back away wins in the qualifiers against Rosenborg and Linfield, but the old woes came to haunt them the 3-4 defeat against Astana in the play-off.
Anderlecht vs Celtic: Head-to-head
Their lone meeting happened in the 2003 Champions League group stage and the teams won their respective home matches. The fixture at Brussels was a 1-0 narrow win for the Belgians, while Celtic won 3-1 at Glasgow.
Celtic are win-less in three previous away trips to Belgium, 1 draw and 2 losses.
But, Anderlecht’s record against Scottish teams is no better as they managed just 1 win from 10 games.
Anderlecht vs Celtic: Prediction
This will be a fairly open game with both teams coming on the back of some inconsistent form. Celtic’s defending will be key here, an area that cost them matches in previous away trips in the competition.
Anderlecht vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Anderlecht to win for 2.15
Over 2.5 goals for 1.80 odds.