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CFR Cluj vs Celtic Preview, Tips and Free Bets

Celtic should have enough to advance to the next stage of the Champions League
CFR Cluj vs Celtic
Celtic have been in fine goalscoring form lately (Getty Images)

CFR Cluj vs Celtic Preview, Tips and Free Bets 

Celtic will travel to Romania to take on CFR Cluj in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier second-round match. 

The Hoops confidently dispatched their first-round opponents, Nomme Kalju 7-0 on aggregate, and a match against Czech champions, Slavia Prague awaits the winner of this tie in the third qualifying stage. 

Game details- 

Location: DrConstantin Rădulescu stadium, Cluj Napoca 
Competition: Champions League 2nd Qualifying stage 
Time: 19:00 (GMT+1) 

CFR Cluj Form & Team News 

Cluj recorded a narrow 3-2 aggregate win over Israeli side, Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first qualifying round and will be viewing this game as a serious step up in competition. 

The Romanian Liga 1 got underway a few weeks ago and Cluj have had a strong start to their campaign, winning 3 and drawing 1 of their opening 4 games.  Their most recent result saw them confidently defeat Chindia Targoviste 4-1 away from home. 

Celtic FC Form & Team News 

Celtic will also be coming into this week's game full of confidence. The reigning Scottish Premiership champions destroyed St Johnstone in the opening game of their campaign, registering a very comfortable 7-0 victory. 

Neil Lennon's men are in fine form in general and come into this match having won their last five competitive games and scored 18 goals in the process. 

Lennon will have a fully fit squad to choose from for the game, and is likely to favour a similar starting 11 to the one he played against St Johnstone on Saturday. 
Edouard, Rogic and Forrest
Celtic are expected to advance to the next round of the Champions League (Credit: Getty Images)

CFR Cluj vs Celtic Analysis- Celtic to win an open game

If there is one thing Celtic and Cluj have in common, it's that they are not shy when it comes to hitting the net. 

Celtic have seen over 2.5 in three of their last four matches, including a 5-0 and a 7-0 victory, which means they are almost guaranteed to get themselves on the scoresheet in Romania. 

Likewise, Cluj have also been firing on all cylinders recently, seeing over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 matches as well. 

Outside of the goals, Celtic should be the stronger of the two sides on the pitch Wednesday night. Both teams play open attacking football, but Celtic's starting 11 boasts more quality and they will be feeling very confident after a dominant display on Saturday. 

Best Bits and Tips- Both teams to score 

Given the goal-scoring acumen of both of these sides, both teams to score at 2.10 with Bet365 is excellent value. 

The open playing style of both teams should lead to plenty of goals on Wednesday night in what promises to be an excellent encounter. 

Celtic are also excellent value for the win as well, with Bet365 pricing them at 2.65. CFR Club are currently being valued at 3.10, while a draw is 3.00. 

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