Kick-off: 1755, 26/11/2020
Stadium: Letna Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Celtic are in danger of an early exit from Europe and will be out for revenge after a 4-1 thrashing by Sparta Prague three weeks ago.
That dismal performance at Parkhead left Celtic bottom of Group H with just one point from their first three games and they will be out to restore some pride in the Czech capital.
We still believe there is more quality in the Celtic squad and think the value is with an away win at 19/10 as our opening Sparta Prague vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Sparta Prague’s Betting Odds
Sparta had a clutch of players missing through injury and Covid-19 issues for the first meeting but made a mockery of predictions of a routine home win.
The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute through Lukas Julis who then scored a second just before the interval.
Celtic substitute Leigh Griffiths pulled a goal back in the 64th minute but Julis tapped in a breakaway goal for his hat-trick before substitute Ladislav Krejci headed in a fourth in the final minute.
That was Sparta’s only win in their last five matches in all competitions, having already lost 4-1 at home to Lille and 3-0 at AC Milan in the Europa League.
Since their trip to Glasgow they have lost two domestic league games, conceding seven goals in the process, so there is reason to think they overachieved with their win at Parkhead.
They certainly aren’t the best defensively and an open game is expected with both teams realistically needing a win to have much hope of qualifying so we’re going for over 3.5 goals at 29/20 in the Sparta Prague vs Celtic odds.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Neil Lennon laid into his Celtic players after the first meeting earlier this month and they will know a repeat of that performance is not acceptable.
The Hoops boss said: “It’s poor. We started okay then got really ragged with the ball. Our passing, technique, just got really ragged.
“I keep saying if we don’t defend set-plays properly we’ll get punished and that is exactly what happened.
“Lack of hunger was really apparent. The hungrier team won and that’s on us. I can’t defend the players. I’ve tried to over the piece but I can’t tonight.
“I need to get them more hungry, more on point, back to basics. We didn’t do basics well enough, didn’t use our bodies, didn’t run. All the things that Sparta did.”
If Celtic can match Sparta in those departments then their quality on the ball should allow them to come out on top.
Scoring goals has not been an issue recently so let’s be bold and go for a 3-1 win at 19/1 as our final Sparta Prague vs Celtic prediction.
SPARTA PRAGUE 2-4 Budejovice – David Moberg-Karlsson, Ladislav Krejci
Hibernian 2-2 CELTIC – Odsonne Edouard (pen), Diego Laxalt
Head-to-head: Celtic 1-4 Sparta Prague
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