Be brave and back the Bhoys to halt Molde’s winning run
Celtic never recovered from conceding twice against Molde inside the opening 18 minutes in Norway two weeks ago and are now behind the eight-ball in their bid to escape from the group stages of the Europa League.
The eight-ball in question is the seven points that Molde have already amassed in Group A compared to Celtic’s paltry two. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team are certainly one of the surprise packages in this season’s Europa League as few would have expected the mid-table Eliteserien side to top a section which also features Ajax and Fenerbahce.
But they will be well on their way to qualification for the knockout stages if they avoid defeat in Glasgow – and Celtic will be facing an early elimination if they fail to take all three points.
The Scottish champions have won all three games since losing against Molde at the Aker Stadion, scoring 10 goals in the process. Leigh Griffiths has scored four of those goals and is probably Celtic’s main threat. We have the Edinburgh-born striker, who now has 13 for the season, at 7/2 to be First Goalscorer against Molde with Kris Commons at 4/1.
Celtic actually had more efforts on goal than Molde in the first meeting between the sides and have already scored twice against both Ajax and Fenerbahce so there should be plenty of goals in this one. Over 3.5 is 33/20 in our Goals Over/Under market as the Norwegians also like to play on the front foot.
This is the last-chance saloon for Celtic – defeat and they are out of the equation. Molde have been on a terrific run of form themselves but were a bit flattered by their win in the reverse fixture. Doing the double at Celtic Park will be a whole different ball game and the Scots can get their campaign back on track with a victory – we have priced them up at 4/7 in our Full Time Result betting and make Deila’s men 6/4 to overcome a one-goal deficit in our Handicap odds.
The match kicks off at 6.00pm on Thursday, November 5th at Celtic Park
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