Kick-off: 2000, 30/08/2018
Stadium: Celtic Park
Celtic still have work to do when hosting Suduva in Thursday’s Europa League play-off but should be more focused for the second leg.
The Hoops had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Lithuania but will be looking to assert some authority on the return fixture at Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers’ side can be backed at 6/5 to win by more than two clear goals and that is our opening Celtic vs Suduva prediction.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic got off to a flying start at the Stadium of Marijampole via Olivier Ntcham’s third-minute header, only for Ovidijus Verbickas to equalise 10 minutes later.
James Forrest, Mikey Johnston and Moussa Dembele then missed chances to restore the lead in a lacklustre display.
Sunday’s domestic 1-0 defeat of Hamilton was another laboured effort, but the return of defender Dedryck Boyata could help to lift spirits.
The want-away Belgian defender netted from close range to settle that match and inspired a rallying call from captain Scott Brown.
He declared: “We win together as a team. We get beat together as a team. Everyone is together.”
A Look At Suduva’s Betting Odds
Suduva have clearly progressed since losing 10-1 on aggregate to Celtic in the 2002-03 UEFA Cup, when thrashed 8-1 in Glasgow.
However, they showed little going forward after the soft leveller in Lithuania to suggest they will prove a threat to the Hoops progressing.
Some big numbers on the team sheet for that game left the impression that head coach Vladimir Cheburin has other priorities and we’re not expecting any shocks here.
Let’s finish off our Celtic vs Suduva betting tips by taking 7/10 for the hosts to score in both halves.
SUDUVA 1-1 CELTIC – Ovidijus Verbickas + Olivier Ntcham
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