Although heading into their first European match of the new campaign as underdogs, Celtic will be looking to capitalise on Atletico Madrid’s slow start in La Liga, which sees them yet to score this season.
Clean off the back of a 4-0 win against Motherwell at the weekend, the Scottish giants are priced at a massive 15/2 with bwin to return to Glasgow with three points, whereas a draw is priced at 17/5 and a home win priced at 19/50.
Celtic will be looking to send out a strong message that they have every right to be in the competition after being reinstated at the expense of play-off conquerors Sion, who were found guilty of financial irregularities.
After a delayed start to the season over a La Liga-wide strike concerning a pay
dispute, Atletico go into their first European contest slightly less prepared
than they would want to be at this point in the year.
It’s also very early days in terms of Atletico’s transformation process, having lost absolute pillars of the team in club hero Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero, Uruguayan powerhouse Diego Forlan, goalkeeper David De Gea and Brazilian midfielder Elias.
With all this information taken into account, suddenly having a cheeky flutter on Celtic does not seem so unattractive.
The Hoops are priced at 21/4 to keep a clean sheet in Madrid and punters who join bwin.com and use their free £25 bet on this outcome will win a cool £156.25 if they can secure a shut-out.
Atleti will be worried by their inability to create many clear-cut chances in two
league fixtures on the trot and if they are to repeat their Europa League triumph of 2010, they will surely need to improve.
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