Celtic vs Linfield
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Celtic Park.
Celtic pushed as much as they needed to get the comfortable lead in the first quarter of the match with Linfield who managed to keep the two-goal deficit and avoid the disaster in front of their fans.
There is no need for mentioning how huge the gap in quality between Celtic and Linfield is, but the only question ahead of the rematch is how strong the Hoops will enter the match since they have pretty much closed the tie in the first leg at Windsor Park.
Brendan Rodgers has had an amazing campaign with Celtic last year. The Hoops took 29 wins and played four draws in 33 league matches and they completed the treble by winning both FA Cup and League Cup.
The team did not change the squad too much in comparison to the last year and they demolished Irish Shamrock Rovers 9-0 in their last test prior to the Champions League meeting with Linfield.
Linfield are half-amateur team which belongs to the very bottom of the ladder in European terms.
This is why David Healy’s men had to play the first qualifying round where they barely went past the champions of San Marino (La Fiorita) 1-0 on aggregate.
They conceded as many as four goals to Hearts in a friendly at Windsor Park last weekend.
Celtic vs Linfield: Head to head
Rodgers used Sinclair, Griffiths and Forrest in the final third from the first whistle leaving Mousa Dembele on the bench.
Mark Haugley’s own goal game the Hoops the lead 17 minutes in the game before Tom Rogic doubled it just five minutes later to set the final score of the game.
Celtic vs Linfield: Prediction
The Scots obviously played the second half with the handbrake which makes our job harder in prediction the outcome of the second leg at Celtic Park.
The hosts are obviously massive favourites, but we don’t expect them to be at their max which gives the value to the 3/4 odds offered on the Northern Irish squad not to lose by four or more goals.
Celtic vs Linfield: Bet Tips
The top betting prediction will be Linfield +3.5 handicap at the odds of 3/4.
The alternative bet is Under 3.5 goals FT at 9/5.