A goalless draw at home to Hibernian has put Celtic manager Neil Lennon under huge pressure ahead of this evening’s Europa League clash with Rennes.
The Bhoys are priced at 33/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market for their latest Parkhead fixture and three points would be a very early, but very welcome, Christmas present for their under-fire boss.
Rennes arrive in Glasgow to play their fourth away game in a row. Their last home tie was the 1-1 draw with Celtic and odds of 9/4 are on offer for another sharing of the spoils, while a repeat of that particular scoreline is priced at 5/1.
Celtic are unbeaten in five European group stage home ties since 2009, while Rennes have lost all five of their UEFA Cup/Europa League away games at this stage of the tournament. Therefore, a Double Chance bet on a Celtic win or a draw, at 19/50, could be seen by some as a safe punt.
The French side have played in Glasgow just once before, when they lost 1-0 to Rangers some 40 years ago. With so little to separate the sides on paper, odds of 7/1 for Rennes to lose by the same scoreline this time around could prove great value.
New customers to bwin.com who use their free £25 bet on this scenario would win £200 should Celtic indeed get the only goal of the match.
However, with over five goals away from home on three separate occasions in Ligue 1 this term, Rennes seem to enjoy their travels and are priced at 8/5 for a victory and 23/4 to score three goals or more.
After Saturday’s draw with Hibs, the Hoops have now had three home games this season where they have failed to find the back of the net. The odds of Rennes making that four by earning a clean sheet are 5/2, while a win to nil for the visitors is 15/4.
And just once in their last six matches have Celtic led at half-time, which is why a punt on a Rennes half-time lead, at 12/5, or on a half-time tie, at 11/10 are also worth a look.
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