Celtic vs RB Salzburg: Stalemate enough to see Hoops progress

Celtic vs RB Salzburg: Stalemate enough to see Hoops progress

Kick-off: 2000, 13/12/2018

Stadium: Celtic Park

TV: BT Sport

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Celtic only need a point to progress from their Europa League pool and that makes a draw look tempting when they take on RB Salzburg in Glasgow.

The Austrian outfit have already wrapped up top spot in Group B with five straight wins and may also be content to just protect this season’s unbeaten record in all competitions.

Everything points to a stalemate suiting all parties at Parkhead, so 23/10 for that outcome is our opening Celtic vs RB Salzburg prediction.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

Celtic enjoyed a rare away win in Europe when edging out Rosenborg in Norway last month, with Scott Sinclair’s 74th-minute strike settling the issue.

That was a third victory in this section for the Hoops, who beat the same opponents and RB Leipzig in Scotland to give themselves every chance of going through.

Brendan Rodgers praised his players for showing “calmness and confidence” in Scandinavia and insisted they will seek to finish off with another triumph.

He said: “Like always, we will go in to win the game – it is very hard to just play for a point and a draw.

“We will be playing against a good side but we want to win the game and use the whole Celtic Park experience and atmosphere to push us over the line.”

Such bravado is to be expected, but Rodgers will also remember a 3-1 reversal against Salzburg in Austria and anything other than a safety-first approach here would surprise us.

Looking at the Celtic vs RB Salzburg odds, we like 4/1 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.

A Look At Red Bull Salzburg’s Betting Odds

Salzburg went unbeaten throughout the group stage last season, before going on to reach the semis by knocking out Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio.

Marco Rose is again in a good position to give it a real go in this tournament, with his side well clear in Austria’s domestic title race.

The visitors have already prevailed 3-2 at RB Leipzig and 5-2 at Rosenborg, so clearly carry a strong threat going forward.

However, they were more conservative when beating Leipzig 1-0 at home on Matchday 5 and can again afford to ease off a touch on this occasion.

That makes 6/1 for a steady 1-1 stalemate worth adding to our Celtic vs RB Salzburg betting tips.

Additional stats

Last Europa League result:

Rosenborg 0-1 CELTIC – Scott Sinclair

RB SALZBURG 1-0 RB Leipzig – Fredrik Gulbrandsen

Head-to-head: RB Salzburg 3-1 Celtic, Celtic 1-3 RB Salzburg, RB Salzburg 2-2 Celtic

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