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Bet Of The Day: Get Bettingpro.com’s best bet for Thursday, September 19

Scott Brown of Celtic (credit:Ian Rutherford/PA Wire/PA Images)

If you are planning on placing just one bet on sport today you ought to make it the best bet possible. Our expert tipsters have been pawing over their favourite sports to pick out the best one just for you, free of charge!

Today's Best Bet: Thursday, September 19


Leigh Copson: Back Rennes to beat Celtic @ 23/20 William Hill

Any suggestion of an early-season crisis at Celtic Park has been erased in pretty emphatic fashion in recent weeks. A stunning 4-3 home defeat to CFR Cluj ended their Champions League campaign before it ever truly started and just days later fans voiced their discontent with the board’s running of the club as they watched their side limp past Championship side Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup. However, it has been plain-sailing for Celtic since then and they have now won each of their last six games – a sequence that includes a straightforward Europa League play-off win over AIK and a timely 2-0 Old Form Derby success at Rangers.

So can they now make it seven-in-a-row to start their Europa League campaign on a high? That will be a big ask because first up for the Scottish champions are French top-flight side Rennes.

The hosts go into the match in underwhelming form having followed up a home defeat to Nice with a goalless draw at Brest, but their home form over the past 14 months is something that cannot be ignored. They lost only four league games at home all last season and suffered just one European defeat at Roazhan Park during a run in the Europa League that saw them record an excellent 3-1 win over Arsenal. They have also managed to pull off a home win over French champions Paris St Germain during the early stages of the current season, so this Rennes team is clearly a team that know how to get results on their own turf. There were a few too many draws for their liking at home last season, something which Celtic can take hope from, but I do not see them sharing the spoils here.

Celtic may have cruised through the play-offs in this competition, but this is a team that generally struggles when they head out into Europe to take on decent opposition. They lost two of their three away games in the group stage last season before bowing out at the hands of Valencia in the last-32, failing to score in either leg, and when you look back at their overall European form on foreign soil over the past decade, outside of qualifying ties, it makes for ugly reading. Therefore I have to suggest backing Rennes to come out on top here and pile more pressure on Celtic heading into their matchday two fixture against the side who dumped them out of Champions League qualifying, Cluj.

Today's Best Bet: Thursday, September 19



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