How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Borussia Monchengladbach 5/4, Celtic 2/1, Draw 5/2 - Bet365
- Half Time/Full Time: B M’gladbach/B M’gladbach 13/5, Celtic/Celtic 9/2, Draw/B M’gladbach 5/1 - BetVictor
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 13/2, B M’gladbach 2-1 8/1, B M’gladbach 1-0 21/2 - BetVictor
- Celtic began their Champions League journey in mid-July, making this their ninth fixture in this year’s competition. After overcoming some tricky preliminary ties, the perennial Scottish champions were blown away by Barcelona in their first group stage game before a thrilling encounter with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, a match which ended 3-3. Domestically, Celtic have been more or less untouchable, winning six of their seven games, including a 5-1 thrashing of Old Firm rivals Rangers.
- Borussia Monchengladbach, much like their opponents, were forced to qualify for the group stage. A crushing 9-2 aggregate win over Young Boys in the play-off round signaled that ‘Gladbach were a team to fear, but sadly the Germans fell flat in their Group C opener with Manchester City, eventually losing 4-0. A spirited display against Barcelona saw Borussia take a deserved lead, however, the tide turned shortly after the hour mark as the Catalan side came from behind to claim all three points. Back home, last season’s fourth-placed Bundesliga side have struggled to find form, winning just three of their first six matches.
Brendan Rodgers was left more than a little red-faced after Celtic’s thrashing at Barcelona, but the Northern Irishman clearly got through to his players as they halted Pep Guardiola’s 100 percent win rate as Manchester City boss. The former Liverpool manager will be hoping for a similar display on Wednesday night and the crowd at Celtic Park could make a huge difference. A win for the home side isn’t favoured by many bookmakers, but it is by no means an impossible outcome. Celtic are 5/2 with Bet365 to emerge victorious, but a bet on the Scottish side to win and both teams to score looks slightly more favourable at 4/1.
Borussia Monchengladbach ended the 2015/16 season as the only side to avoid a league defeat against the seemingly invincible Bayern Munich, proving that they are no pushovers. Were it not for the menacing presences of Barcelona and Manchester City in Group C, Gladbach would certainly fancy their chances of going far in this year’s competition. However, all is not lost for the men from North Rhine-Westphalia, as a win over Celtic could be just the tonic they need to propel themselves into contention for a spot in the last 16. A 3-1 away win looks good value at 14/1 with William Hill.
Celtic’s attackers have been on fire this season, particularly Scott Sinclair, with the former Manchester City and Aston Villa man netting six times in six appearances this term, while strike partner Leigh Griffiths is always a threat in the box. The task of keeping these two at bay will fall to Swiss international goalkeeper Yann Sommer. The 27-year-old has kept just one clean sheet this season, but does pose an intimidating presence between the sticks and is 11/4 with Bet365 to double his tally for the season. At the other end of the pitch, watch out for the likes of former Chelsea prodigy Thorgan Hazard (brother of Eden) and Raffael chipping in with a goal or two.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Celtic to win and both teams to score - 4/1 with Bet365
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.