Celtic v Jablonec betting tips: Hoops hope to ease through
Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa League tie
The Hoops have a healthy two-goal advantage from their Europa League third qualifying round first-leg tie, and we look at the odds to find some Celtic v Jablonec betting tips.
After losing to Mitjylland in their Champions League qualifier, Ange Postecoglou gained his first win as Celtic manager when his side went to the Czech Republic and came away with a 4-2 win.
Thursday’s second leg at Celtic Park is live on Premier Sports 1 and kicks off at 7.45pm.
Celtic v Jablonec match odds
Celtic finally got former Australian boss Postecoglou off the mark at the fourth attempt and they are 4/9 favourites to complete the job and win the second leg, with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar awaiting the winners in the play-off round.
Though they created a host of chances and converted four times, their defensive frailties were again evident in the first leg, and 9/5 for a home win and both teams to score in 90 minutes looks a worthy pick in Celtic v Jablonec betting tips.
Celtic conceded at 2-0 and 3-1 up after Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and James Forrest (pictured below) had netted, but Ryan Christie restored the two-goal cushion after Nir Bitton failed to clear Tomas Malinsky’s effort in a frantic finish.
FK Jablonec started their domestic campaign with a 1-0 home win over Banik Ostrova, but were thumped 3-0 at Mlada Boleslav ahead of their first-leg tie with Celtic and then drew 2-2 with Bohemians at home on Sunday after conceding an injury-time equaliser.
Celtic v Jablonec head-to-head
Last week’s meeting was the first between these teams but Jablonec have scored in five of their previous seven European games and it is 9/4 that they score the first goal in the tie, which would make things interesting.
Celtic have scored in each of their last five competitive games and thumped Dundee 6-0 on Sunday. They are 17/10 to win to nil here.
Jablonec, who finished five points behind Sparta Prague in the league last season, are 10/1 to win the game but concede at least one goal.
Celtic v Jablonec team news
New signing James McCarthy, who missed the first leg and the clash with Dundee on Sunday, could make his Celtic debut.
Kyogo Furuhashi started in place of Brighton and Southampton target Odsonne Edouard again on Sunday and scored a hat-trick, while Ismaila Soro, James Forrest and Nir Bitton, who were rested in favour of Tom Rogic, Stephen Welsh and Ryan Christie, are likely to return.
Celtic v Jablonec key battles
Celtic created a glut of chances in the first leg but failure to kill the game off resulted in a few nervous moments, with Vojtech Kubista volleying over, Vaclav Pilar forcing a smart save from Hart, and Marek Plasil’s deflected snap-shot going narrowly wide.
Central defender Carl Starfelt has looked ill at ease at times but hopefully the growing understanding he has with the experienced Joe Hart, who made his Celtic debut in the first leg, will help him going forward.
Celtic should be able to complete the job with ease if they are more compact between the lines and the Hoops are 12/5 to win both halves as the last of our Celtic v Jablonec betting tips.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication