Celtic have another Scottish Premier League title in the bag and it’s now time to try the almost impossible feat of beating Juventus over two legs.
The big plus for Neil Lennon’s team is that they matched Barcelona home and away during the group stage of the Champions League. The win over the tournament favourites at Celtic Park essentially propelled them through to the last sixteen and a repeat is required if the Bhoys are to reach the quarter finals.
Some might fancy the 7/2 (bet365) that we see Celtic upsetting another European giant on Tuesday night when Juve come to town. The Scottish champions warmed up for this encounter with a 3-1 win at Inverness, having scored seven times in their previous two games.
Lennon rested most of his first team on Saturday and will hope that the players coming back can make it another historic night for the Glasgow club. Gary Hooper remains at the club despite several bids from Norwich City on transfer deadline day and he’s a 15/2 chance with Sky Bet to get the stadium rocking by scoring the first goal.
Juventus will have been pleased to have drawn Celtic at this stage of the competition, although Antonio Conte won’t be approaching the tie lightly and certainly won’t want the Old Lady to have an uphill task at the Juventus Stadium even if a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge before beating Chelsea 3-0 at home suggests this could be men against boys.
You won’t get even money with the bookies about an away win and 5/6 is the best on offer that the Italian champions take a big step towards the quarter finals by winning this encounter. Juve will be keen to get an away goal and won’t be too bothered by conceding the odd goal at the other end of the pitch.
The problem for Celtic is that they beat Barcelona by playing defensively and trying to exploit their opponents on the break or from set pieces. However, there needs to be greater adventure shown in this match and that could potentially expose a team who are clearly shorter on quality than their opponents.
A draw might represent the best value of the lot and 27/10 (BetVictor) looks a pretty tasty price about this match ending all square. Even so, Juve have won eight of their eleven games away from home in Serie A this season, even if recent form has seen them win just three of their last seven matches.