Celtic vs Salzburg
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Celtic Park (Glasgow).
Celtic host group winners Salzburg on the final Matchday on Thursday night in Glasgow. The Hoops need a point to advance into the knockout phase being currently three points head of RB Leipzig in third. Nevertheless, a defeat here, combined with Leipzig’s win over rock-bottomed Rosenborg would eliminate Celtic given they have the worse head to head record to Germans.
The visitors have already secured the top berth in this section, but they have a nice chance to become the first team ever to top the Europa League group with maximum points on three different occasions. Nobody has even done it more than once which only confirms Salzburg’s role in this competition in the past decade. Can they ruin Celtic’s hopes here?
Celtic vs Salzburg: Head-to-head
This will be the fourth head to head meeting between the two teams.
They both advanced from the same Europa League group four years ago when Salzburg took four points from two games against the Hoops.
The clash on the Austrian soil saw a 2-2 draw, while the Bulls came on top 1-3 in the reverse fixture at Celtic Park.
This term’s clash saw Salzburg’s comeback victory with three second-half goals (ended 3-1).
Celtic vs Salzburg: Prediction
Brendan Rodgers’ men will enter this match with an improved confidence after beating Kilmarnock 5-1 at home last weekend. The statement win saw the Bhoys overtake Killies at the top of the Premiership standings. James Forrest was the main catalyst for such a big three-pointer as he contributed with a brace on Saturday.
Salzburg, on the other hand, do not have a genuine competitor in their domestic league. They are 14 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga ladder in spite of a 2-2 draw to rock-bottomed Admira at the weekend.
Both teams have been thriving in the final third of late. Each of past three H2H games saw there or more goals scored and goals at both ends which is why we just have to expect a goal fest on Thursday night at Celtic Park.
Celtic vs Salzburg: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.66 (4/6)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.90 (9/10).