Celtic vs Leipzig Betting Tips
Celtic bet their last chips on Thursday, November 8 in an attempt to reach the classification for the second phase of the 2018/2019 Europa League. At Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, they will host Germany’s Leipzig in a clash for the fourth round of the group stage, the first of the second round. The beginning is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).Key B leads Austria’s Salzburg with nine points in the first round and faces Norway’s Rosenborg on the spotlight at the same time. Leipzig are in second place with six points followed by Celtic, who has three.
The status of the leaderboard indicates that any outcome other than victory will leave the Scots virtually eliminated from the tournament. It will be a great frustration for a team that started the 2018/2019 campaign aiming for a place in the European Champions League, fell in the knockout stage and could run out of continental competition in the second half of the season.
What slightly alleviates the situation of coach Brendan Rogers is that at least the reaction in the national scenario was consolidated. After a poor start to the Scottish Championship, Celtic ‘slipped’ into Hearts, the tournament leader.
On Saturday, November 3, at home, he defeated the rival by 5 to 0. It was his fifth consecutive victory. With that, he reached 25 points (eight wins, one draw and two losses). The distance between them dropped to only one point. It seems only a matter of time before the sap to take the lead.
In a way, this minimizes the effects of a probable elimination in the Europa League. For Thursday’s showdown, Rogers should not be able to rely on midfielder Scott Brown. The 33-year-old suffered a thigh injury that took him from the last five matches and has no set date yet for return to the field.
Leipzig scored their first win of ten wins (seven wins and three draws) in the German capital Hertha Berlin on Saturday, November 3, for the tenth round of the Bundesliga. The last defeat was just in the first round of the Europa League when the team ‘young’ Red Bull was beaten by Salzburg, his older brother, by 3 to 2.
Their success in the Bundesliga led the team to 19 points (five wins, four draws and one defeat). It rose to the fourth place in the tournament, already in the zone of classification for the 2019/2020 version of the Champions League of Europe. The difference for Borussia Dortmund, leader, is five points.
Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl made great progress in the defensive system. With nine goals conceded, Leipzig presents the defense less leaked of the German Championship. In the last six matches, comprising three competitions – the German Cup and the Europa League are on this list – did not suffer a single goal.
The advance has gone beyond the tactical system. Leipzig has launched a number of young players who are gaining space, especially in the cups. This has kept the team in a competitive pace for long periods in the matches and reduced the number of injuries, which was a big problem last season.
For Thursday’s showdown, medical casualties should be only two. Attackers Jean-Kevin Augustin and Emil Forsberg are in the infirmary.
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The start of the first round was the first in history involving the teams.In the previous season, Leipzig suffered a major drop in production in periods when it needed to be split between competitions. At present, with the launch of young players who have managed to maintain the strong pace of marking and the relentless defensive system, this has not so far been a problem. Thus, the prognosis in the victory of the German team seems to be the best choice for the confrontation of this Thursday in Scotland.
Bet Tips: Leipzig wins