Celtic vs Valencia
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Celtic Park (Glasgow).
Celtic host Valencia in one of the most exciting games of the last 32 round in Europa League.
The hosts will come into the match in the highest of spirits following an impressive run of seven successive wins in all competitions. They are yet to slip-up in 2019, but the phenomenal streak will be on a serious test on Thursday night when Valencia come to visit Celtic Park.
Brendan Rodgers’ men did not just win seven in a row. They did it without conceding a single goal in the process as each of these victories came by at least two goals margin. The latest of victims were St. Johnstone who shipped five goals in Sunday’s FA Cup tie in Glasgow.
The Bats also grew in form significantly in recent weeks. They are unbeaten in last five matches across competitions. It’s a streak which includes a 2-2 draw to Barcelona away at Camp Nou at the start of the month.
Celtic vs Valencia: Head-to-head
The two sides met each other in the third round of Europa League back in 2001/02 campaign.
Both outfits claimed narrow 1-0 wins in front of the home crowd.
Valencia advanced on penalties on the occasion.
Celtic vs Valencia: Prediction
Valencia came third in their respective Champions League group. They claimed Manchester United scalp beating them 2-1 in the last round at Mestalla. Marcelino’s troops finished the campaign with two wins, draws and defeats apiece, two points short of second-placed Man United.
They sit eighth in La Liga ladder after 23 rounds. Away from home Valencia won three, drew five and lost three of eleven ties in Primera Division. Given their form saw a massive rise in recent weeks, we have to find them favourites against Celtic who barely came second in Europa League Group B (behind Salzburg).
The draw is somehow the most likable of three outcomes and we will back it at 3.40 odds. Since both teams kept their nets untouched at the weekend, we expect a tight affair without too many goal-scoring chances. The alternative pick would thus be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.80.
Celtic vs Valencia: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5).