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Celtic vs CFR Cluj - Celtic to progress in the Champions League

Celtic's fine home form should see them get past CFR Cluj and into the next round of the Champions League 
Edouard, Rogic and Forrest
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is expected to play a key role for the champions (Getty Images)

Celtic vs CFR Cluj Tips, Predictions & Free Bets 

Celtic will hope to take one step closer to the Champions League this week as they entertain CFR Cluj in the second leg of their qualifying match.

The two teams drew 1-1 in Romania last week, but Celtic will certainly themselves as favourites going into the home leg.

Celtic FC vs CFR Cluj Match Details 

DateTuesday 13th August
VenueCeltic Park
CompetitionChampions League 
Time19:45  (GMT +1)

Celtic FC Form & Team News

Celtic come into Tuesday’s game in fine form. After winning 7-0 against St Johnstone on the opening day of the season, they continued their goalscoring exploits at the weekend, defeating Motherwell 5-2 away from home.

Neil Lennon’s men are a difficult side to defeat at Celtic Park and have won four of their last five Champions League encounters at the ground.

Ryan Christie is the Hoops’ star player at the moment. The 24-year-old grabbed a hat-trick on the opening day of the season and followed it up with a late penalty against Motherwell at the weekend.

Lennon is likely to name the same side that drew against CFR Cluj in Romania last week, as he faces no fresh injury concerns.

CFR Cluj vs Celtic
Celtic will want to get past Cluj in what should be a lively encounter(Getty Images)

CFR Cluj Form & Team News

Cluj will have been disappointed to draw with Celtic in their home country last week. The Romanian side put on a strong performance against the Scottish Champions but couldn’t find a way through following Celtic’s equaliser.

The club did pick up a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hermannstadt at the weekend, which will give them a boost heading into what is a difficult tie for the club.

Celtic vs CFR Cluj Analysis- Celtic to progress

Celtic have been in impressive form so far this season and will want to impress once again in front of their home crowd on Tuesday night.

The game between the two teams last week was fairly unspectacular. Both sides shared the possession 50/50, and both teams only managed to produce 1 shot on target each.

Celtic’s defence is still adjusting to life without Keiran Tierney, who departed for Arsenal last week but they have a lot of firepower upfront. Ryan Christie has been in excellent form the club and should be a serious threat for the Scottish club. Odsonne Edouard has also been in good form for the club in Europe and will play a key role on Tuesday night. 

Celtic FC vs CFR Cluj Tips- Celtic to progress and Christie to get on the scoresheet

The smart money in this game will be on a Celtic win. The Scottish champions are currently priced at 1.57 with bet365 to pick up the victory and continue their run in this year’s Champions League. Cluj are currently way out at 7.00, which highlights the difference in quality between the two sides. A draw for the match is priced at 4.10.

Ryan Christie has been in fine form the Hoops in recent weeks, and he is great value at 3.00 in the anytime goalscorer market. He is also priced at 5.50 in the first goalscorer market for the game. 

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