Celtic should continue winning run in Champions League against Linfield
ESPN - Monday 17th July, 2017
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Celtic continue their run through Champions League
On Wednesday, Celtic look to complete the job they started on Friday by beating Linfield at Celtic Park. Goals from Scott Sinclair and Tommy Rogic helped the Hoops take control of this second qualifying round Champions League tie and it would take a brave man to bet against them this week. It wasn't a vintage Celtic display but they proved they are a level or two above the Northern Irish champions and as a result have one foot towards a possible third qualifying round tie against Ireland's Dundalk.
Linfield were dogged in their defending in that first leg and acquitted themselves well against a team who have now not lost since November of last year. However they could find Celtic -- who are nigh on unbackable at 1/20 here with bet365 -- a different proposition in Glasgow in front of their adoring fans. The advice is to back goals on Wednesday.
Linfield boss David Healy will surely tell his side they have to be a bit more adventurous as they try to get back into the tie, but if they do have a go at Celtic then Brendan Rodgers' men have the quality to steamroll right over them. Moussa Dembele came on as a substitute on Friday but there is a chance he could start on Wednesday. If he does he has the pace and skill to cause Linfield all kinds of problems. The 20-year-old struck 32 times in all competitions last season, including in a thrilling 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City.
It was a remarkable debut season and inevitably there has been talk all summer about him moving away from Celtic Park. However while he is with the Glasgow giants the Frenchman will continue to look like a solid call in the first goalscorer stakes.
Linfield kept the score respectable in the first leg -- courtesy of a disciplined defensive display -- but in the second half the gap between these two sides became apparent. With this in mind, you can get 7/1 with bet365 that the match ends 5-0 to the Hoops.
TNS have a tough match in Rijeka
Elsewhere, Welsh side The New Saints have it all to do after HNK Rijeka won their Champions League second qualifying round first leg 2-0. The Welsh champions can have few complaints about the result and the damage might have been greater had it not been for goalkeeper Paul Harrison. Goals in each half from Josip Misic and Florentin Matei put HNK Rijeka in the box seat and it will be interesting to see how the Croatian champions approach this second leg.
TNS face a tough task at Park Hall Tuesday, and are a 9/1 chance with bet365 for the win. Striker Scott Quigley, a hero for TNS in the last round against Europa FC, did have a couple of chances to score what would have been a crucial away goal in that first leg but fluffed his lines. It would be a huge shock if TNS managed to turn this tie around.
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