Celtic vs Linfield: Hoops to strike early

Kick Off: 1945, 19/07/2017

Stadium: Celtic Park

Celtic already have one foot in the third qualifying round of the Champions League ahead of the return leg against Irish champions Linfield.

First-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic soon put the Hoops in control in the first leg before they eased off after the break.

We feel the same thing could happen again at Celtic Park and the first of our Celtic vs Linfield betting tips is for there to be more goals in the first half at 9/5.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

Celtic were rarely tested in the first leg and can also use this match to step up their preparations for the new season.

Speaking after the match, captain Scott Brown admitted: “The performance wasn’t that great but the main thing was we got the two goals. It was always going to be hard, they defended very deep, tried to make it hard for us but we got two early goals which helped.

“It is pre-season still for us. It is our first real main game and at least we got the win we were looking for and now we can take them back to Celtic Park.”

It took Celtic just 17 minutes to break the deadlock in the first leg and we think there is value in them scoring in the opening 15 minutes here at 13/10.

A Look At Linfield’s Betting Odds

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side could have won more comfortably at Windsor Park and Linfield will do well to avoid a heavy defeat in Glasgow.

“The scoreline was okay, it could have been better but it gives us the advantage for the second leg,” said Rodgers.

This should be another easy night for the Scottish giants and a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 win at 2/1 is the last of our Celtic vs Linfield predictions.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

Linfield 0-2 Celtic – Scott Sinclair, Tom Rogic

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Andrew works at the Press Association where he oversees all the company’s sport betting editorial, having previously worked on the Teletext Sport desk and been editor of the England cricket team’s website. A lifelong Huddersfield Town fan, his preferred way to unwind is to head for the hills on his bike.

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