Rosenborg vs Celtic
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Lerkendal Stadion, Trondheim.
Celtic entered the first leg tie handicapped for not having the star man Moussa Debele available to play due to the injury the Frenchman suffered in the reverse fixture of the Alashkert clash in the first qualifying round. His countryman Odsonne Edouard stole the show in his absence, bagging a brace which inspired the 3-1 win for Celtic against Norwegian champions Rosenborg seven days ago in Glasgow.
The Bhoys are heavy favourites to progress after such result even though they will likely be without Dembele once again here. Brendan Rodgers has reasons to be pleased by his team’s attacking displays at the start of the season.
The Hoops notched at least three goals in all of last five games in all competitions (three UCL fixtures and two friendlies). Can they keep such superb form going at Lerkendal Stadion?
Rosenborg vs Celtic: Head-to-head
The Hoops made it three wins from five games against Rosenborg in their H2H record when they won 3-1 last week at Celtic Park.
The Bhoys secured a narrow 1-0 victory on aggregate when the two teams met at this stage of the competition last year.
Rosenborg won just one of five H2H games with Celtic, back in 2001 when they played in the same group in the Champions League.
Rosenborg vs Celtic: Prediction
The hosts came back from the 1-0 loss to Icelandic Valur in the first qualifying round only thanks to the late stoppage-time winner from Nicklas Bendtner (3-1). They will have a much tougher task repeating such accomplishment here against Celtic who have been thriving in the final third recently.
Interestingly, the mentioned defeat to Celtic meant a farewell from the managerial position for Kare Ingebrigtsen who gave his place to Rini Coolen. The Dutch manger will make his debut on the bench here against the Hoops.
Can he initiate a positive shock and inspire an upset here? We doubt in such scenario knowing about Celtic’s attacking form. The main bet will be away win at 2.20, while you can also go with Celtic to score two or more goals at 2.10.
Rosenborg vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Celtic to win @ 2.20
Celtic Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.10.