Malmo’s stoppage-time consolation goal at Parkhead is set to have costly ramifications for Celtic and the bookies who take your bets on the Swedes to qualify for the Champions League group stage.
A price of 33/20 says the Allsvenskan champions will see off their Scottish counterparts in the final preliminary round, with their two away goals garnered in the first leg to prove decisive.
Celtic are 9/20 to hold onto their 3-2 advantage and qualify, but the smart money is on Malmo.
Ronny Deila’s men are yet to lose this season, winning eight of their ten competitive games so far.
Their two failures to prevail have come on the road, one being a goalless draw at Qarabag in the previous round.
The Azerbaijan outfit proved a tough nut to crack in last term’s Europa League, but they’re not as strong as Malmo, especially at home.
In order to set up their play-off date with Celtic, Hakan Jeppsson’s side had to overcome Red Bull Salzburg.
As was the case in Glasgow, they lost the away leg and required some home-turf heroics to see them through.
They duly obliged, beating the Austrian champions 3-0 to advance.
Salzburg took four points off Celtic in last year’s Europa League group stage, yet they were swept aside in the same unceremonious fashion most of their visitors are.
Olympiacos, an even more fearsome continental force, fell in last season’s Champions League group stage, going down 2-0, while only five of the 13 visitors to their Swedebank stronghold have dodged defeat this term.
To further enhance their case, Malmo have kept clean sheets in four of their last five on the homestead and have failed to score in front of the faithful just twice since early April.
If their ironclad backline remains impenetrable, one goal will be enough to knock the Bhoys out, and the stats say they’re more than capable of bagging it in their south Sweden fortress.