Linfield vs Celtic FC
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers
Date: Friday, 14th June 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Windsor Park (Belfast).
It will be a party atmosphere at the Windsor Park in Belfast when Linfield from Northern Ireland play hosts to Scottish neighbors Celtic for the Champions League qualifiers on Friday evening.
Linfield edge past La Fiorita from San Marino by a narrow 1-0 aggregate in the previous round. The lone goal was scored in the first leg of the tie at Belfast.
The Northern Ireland club have never qualified for the Champions League. The best they reached in this competition is as far as the second leg of the qualifiers.
Celtic are coming to this two legged tie on the back of some majestic form. The team managed by ex-Liverpool coach Brenden Rodgers are unbeaten in all competitions since their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in last November’s Champions League fixture.
The Hoops warmed up for this fixture with a series of friendly games since the last week of June. They maintained an unbeaten record after picking 2 wins and 2 draws during the period.
Linfield vs Celtic: Head-to-head
This will be the first competitive meeting between Linfield and Celtic FC.
Linfield vs Celtic: Prediction
Celtic are certainly the better team here. But one must pay attention to Linfield’s home record in the competitions. They are unbeaten in the last five matches at Belfast and kept clean sheets on four occasions. In short, this won’t be an easy trip for Celtic and they could struggle against the rigid approach of Linfield, mainly due to lack of competitive match practice.
Linfield vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Linfield +2.5 Asian Handicap for 1.85 odds with Bet365.
Brave Punters can try Under 2.5 goals for 2.88 odds with Bet365.