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Celtic FC v Linfield FC UEFA Champions League qualifying predictions & betting tips: Back Hoops to run up huge win on Wednesday

Neil Roarty 18 Jul 2017
Watch & bet on Celtic v Linfield live at bet365>livestreaming>football from 19:45 BST on Wednesday July 19.

Celtic face Linfield in UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday July 19 with the Hoops holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. Will Celtic cruise to victory or can Linfield stage a miracle at Parkhead? Read on for our Celtic v Linfield predictions and betting tips.


Celtic v Linfield Predictions


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Celtic v Linfield Betting Tips


When previewing Linfield v Celtic last week I recommended betting on the Northern Irish champions when given a three goal start and the bet proved to be a winner. It was an entirely predictable match with the Hoops dominating, taking an early lead, and then simply killing the game. Celtic, who lost 1-0 at the same stage to Gibraltan side Lincoln Red Imps last season, have clearly been working on their game management in the last 12 months and it showed as Brendan Rodgers's side produced a thoroughly professional performance in what were tricky circumstances.

The atmosphere in Windsor Park was tense with Celtic having rejected their ticket allocation due to security fears. There were some scuffles and objects thrown at players but, ultimately, the game passed off without major incident and that was the most important thing for the visitors. They'll be far more comfortable back at Celtic Park and that could spell trouble for Linfield.

The Northern Irish side struggled to cope with Celtic when playing in conditions that suited so could find themselves utterly over-run when they play on the much more expansive Parkhead pitch, in front of 60,000 Celtic supporters on Wednesday. The odds suggest that they'll win easily and the pattern of play last week suggests that they'll win by an even more comfortable margin than those odds suggest. Celtic will control the play, dictate the tempo and it really will simply be a question of how many they score on Wednesday.

And unlike last week it is in their interests to run up a big scoreline. There's a sense of injustice about Leigh Griffith's booking after pointing out that a bottle of Buckfast was thrown at him and his subsequent UEFA charge of 'incitement'. There's also a feeling that Linfield's supporters didn't behave as they should have last week and so there may be an element of the Celtic squad wanting to go out and humiliate their opponents. The supporters will certainly call for it and won't be satisfied if they simply see out the match and qualify for the next round.

Given that, it makes sense to look at Celtic racking up a fairly high score on Wednesday. They were 2-0 up at half-time last week and could have netted a further 4 or 5 in the second half in Belfast. Just repeating that performance will see them win by at least four goals and any increase in sharpness, which is to be expected after a warm-up game and back in more familiar surroundings, could see that increased. There are currently no firms offering handicaps bigger than the 3.5 available at Stan James so take that but look for higher at bigger odds on match day. 

Another market not yet available but that could prove profitable is the corners. Celtic had 15 to Linfield's 3 last week and similar will be expected on Wednesday, with almost all of the action set to be played in the Northern Irish side's half. Any reasonable handicap line (most likely five or six) should be taken.

Celtic v Linfield Stats


  • Celtic beat Linfield 2-0 in the first leg of the tie at Windsor Park
  • Celtic were 2-0 up after 22 minutes against the Northern Irish champions
  • Celtic had 13 shots on target to Linfield's 0 at Windsor Park and 15 corners to Linfield's 3

Celtic v Linfield Team News

  • Leigh Griffiths will be available for Celtic, despite his UEFA Charge for incitement
  • New signings Olivier Ntcham and Kundai Benyu will be available for selection
  • Moussa Dembele and Jonny Hayes both started against Lyon in a friendly on Saturday so may once more start on the bench on Wednesday

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Celtic FC v Linfield FC UEFA Champions League qualifying predictions & betting tips: Back Hoops to run up huge win on Wednesday

Celtic face Linfield in UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday July 19 with the Hoops holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. Will Celtic cruise to victory or can Linfield stage a miracle at Parkhead? Read on for our Celtic v Linfield predictions and betting tips.

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