Celtic vs. Real Madrid Betting Tips: Both teams to notch at Celtic Park
Celtic vs Real Madrid Odds
Celtic will be looking to maintain their level of self-assurance for the visit of competition heavyweights Real Madrid in Tuesday's start to this year's Champions League group stages.
Celtic vs Real Madrid Tips
Domestic action takes a back seat for the return of the premier knock out competition in club football; the Champions League.
Arguably, the clash of game week one takes place in Glasgow where Scottish juggernauts Celtic welcome Real Madrid to Celtic Park in a fixture steeped in tradition.
Both sides top their respective leagues. The hosts come into this fresh off the back of an Old Firm Derby spanking after beating Rangers 4-0 on Saturday. This means that they have scored a staggering 29 goals in their opening seven games in all competitions, that is an average of over four a game!
The visit of Real Madrid is an entirely different proposition. The Spanish side's squad is roughly worth ten times that of Celtic’s and they have won a record 14 UCLs, which is also 14 times as many as Celtic, and of course are the current holders having beaten Liverpool 1-0.
Carlo Ancelotti's side will be looking to maintain their 100% record on Tuesday having won their opening four games in La Liga.
As previously noted, Los Blancos are yet to taste defeat this campaign having beaten Almeria, Celta Vigo, Espanyol and Real Betis. Interestingly though, they are also yet to keep a clean sheet.
According to the underlying data, this has not been a fluke either with Real shipping an xGA of 4.51 with Espanyol and Celta Vigo generating over one in each of their games.
Given the occasion and the free scoring start the Hoops have made to the campaign, you would like to think they could pose some issues to the visitors.
A packed Celtic Park does have the potential to conjure up some magic, particularly under the flood flights and has provided the backdrop for some monumental nights in Europe. Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester United and Juventus have all fallen short in Scotland since the turn of the century and I fancy the hosts to be amongst the goals here.
Swiss official Sandro Scharer has the whistle for this one which bodes well for a card laden fixture. He has a career average of over four per game, in this competition he has brandished 19 yellows and two red cards in just five games also giving out five cards in one qualifying game this season.
Despite not being carded yet this campaign, I think Josip Juranovic is worth a punt in this market.
The Croatian actually has an unusually clean disciplinary record for a full back having only accumulated 16 cards in a career spanning over 200 appearances, he is yet to pick up a card in Europe.
This angle is about who he is opposing though; Vinícius Júnior.
The Brazilian winger has picked up where he left of last campaign, scoring three and providing an assist, crucially for this bet though he has drawn the third most fouls in the division, averaging three per game.
He is direct, quick and tricky, a blend that has proven difficult to combat from a defensive point of view.
His direct opponent was booked in 34% of the 38 league and UCL games he has started on the left. This campaign, he has drawn one card but drawn four fouls from his direct opponent in two games. Therefore, I think backing Celtic’s right back is worth a go, despite his lack of cards.
Best of luck if you are backing any of these selections and please remember to gamble responsibly.
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