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Celtic v Dinamo Zagreb | Betting Preview

Date: October 2, 2014
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Kick-off time: 19:45 hours BST

The Scottish side Celtic are looking to hand another defeat to the Czech side, Dinamo Zagreb. Both the sides drawn in Group D are involved in a three horse race to qualify with Red Bull Salzburg. Dinamo have never won in Scotland and will be looking forward to a nervy encounter at their least favourite location to play.

Celtic form: W-D-D-W-W

Celtic are involved in a close battle with fellow Scottish sides, Inverness and Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership. Their Premiership form is imperious and includes a win the old firm derby against Aberdeen. A draw in their away game against Red Bull Salzburg was an important result.

If they navigate the rest of the campaign by winning home games and playing it safely away, the next stage in Europa beckons them.

Dinamo Zagreb form: D-W-L-W-W

Dinamo won their first game against the lowly Astra side and sits top of the table. Against Celtic, they will meet a familiar foe; having met the Scottish side in the past. Dinamo have won all their home games against Celtic, but have failed to score and win.

They will look to get a point from this fixture to maintain the lead.

Key Players

Celtic: Stefan Scepovic

The under fire striker, Stefan Scepovic is yet to score for his new club. With last match’s goal scoring hero, John Guidetti ineligible, the Serbian sharp shooter will replace him. He’s come close to scoring on a few instances he has started but failed to convert.

On the biggest stage, he has the pedigree to make an impact against European opposition.

Dinamo Zagreb: El Arbi Hilal Soudani

The mercurial winger has lit up the Croatian league with his attacking displays. Celtic manager, Ronny Deila has singled out Soudani as the most dangerous man in the Zagreb side. His hattrick against Astra was impressive; he now has six goals in eight matches. Quite a good record for someone who plays as a winger.

Betting Advice

It will be difficult to call this one given how closely the two teams are matched and the fact that the recent results do not give a perfect indicator either.

Celtic are favourites at odds of 2.1 but I’m unconvinced by this price and Zagreb are used to winning matches themselves. Celtic have conceded in 5 of their last 6 matches and so over 2.5 goals looks the pick for me at 1.95 with Bet365.

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