Real Betis vs Celtic: Low expectations for Seville showdown
Real Betis vs Celtic: Low expectations for Seville showdown

Real Betis vs Celtic: Low expectations for Seville showdown

Kick-off: 1745, 16/09/2021

Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarin

TV: BT Sport

Ange Postecoglou takes his Celtic side to Spain for what is the first meeting between these two clubs.

The Hoops have a score to settle in Seville, travelling to the Andalusian capital for the first time since losing to Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

Early points on the board could prove vital in a group that also features in-form Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, so we’ll hedge our bets for the first Real Betis vs Celtic prediction and go double chance on either a draw or Celtic win at 21/20.

A Look At Real Betis’ Betting Odds

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were grateful for an 89th-minute winner from Spain international Sergio Canales when securing their first victory of the season against Granada on Monday night.

They now face a quick turnaround though, returning to action only three days later. However, it will be of some consolation that this fixture is at home and they do not have the logistical challenge of a journey across the continent to contend with.

Betis sit ninth in La Liga after four fixtures in what has been a steady if not exceptional start to the campaign.

In Pellegrini they have a wise old head in the dugout and the Chilean knows all about navigating a passage through European competition.

In particular he will know the importance of not losing in the early part of the group stage and a cagey encounter could be on the cards.

With that in mind, we’ll go under 2.5 goals at 19/20 in our Real Betis vs Celtic betting tips.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

The Bhoys bounced back well from a disappointing defeat in the first Old Firm clash of the season to put three past Ross County at the weekend.

Albian Ajeti opened his account for the season when bagging two in that Celtic Park match-up, but injuries continue to blight Postecoglou’s squad.

Star striker Kyogo Furuhashi remains sidelined with a knee issue, while they are also without Scotland international James Forrest, who has been missing since the play-off round with AZ Alkmaar.

Celtic have scored six goals more than any other club in the Scottish Premiership and there is plenty to like about the ‘no fear’ attacking style of play the Aussie manager has instilled in his side.

However, they meet organised opponents here and with a few key men missing, could struggle to be at their empathic best in front of goal.

Looking at the 12/1 to round things off.

Additional stats

Last result:

Granada 1-2 REAL BETIS – Rodri, Sergio Canales

CELTIC 3-0 Ross County – Cameron Carter-Vickers, Albian Ajeti (2)

Head-to-head: N/A

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