Euro 2020 may have only just finished, but Celtic and FC Midtjylland are already beginning their Champions League campaigns on Tuesday night. Indeed, the tournament is already into the second qualifying round, with these two clubs needing to get through three rounds to reach the group stage.
Where and when: Celtic Park – 20 July, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Celtic vs. FC Midtjylland: Premier Sports
Last time: This will be the first ever meeting between these clubs, so new ground will be broken no matter the result in Glasgow.
Celtic v FC Midtjylland Predictions and Preview
Celtic are looking to put a disastrous season behind them when they entertain Danish outfit FC Midtjylland in this Champions League qualifier. The Hoops are the favourites to go through to the next round, but the Wolves are no mugs and this is no gimme for the Scottish Premiership side.
Midtjytlland have won the Danish Superliga three times in the last seven years, while also recording two second-place finishes in the last three seasons. They reached the group stage of the Champions League last term, managing to take two points from an incredibly tough section which also included Liverpool, Atalanta and Ajax.
Indeed, Midtjylland drew away to Atalanta and at home to Liverpool in their last two games, while the Danes also claimed a draw against the might of Manchester United in a 2016 Europa League knockout tie. The Wolves did, however, lose to Scottish champions Rangers in the third qualifying round for the Europa League the season before last.
Celtic finished a massive 25 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership last season, as their bid for a 10th successive title went up in smoke. New manager Ange Postecoglou has a big job on his hands this term, and he needs a good start in order to bring some positivity back to Celtic Park.
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The Bhoys have made a decent start to their pre-season campaign, recording victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic in Wales before a goalless draw against Bristol City. This is the one that counts though, and the one the Hoops have been building towards.
Change is certainly afoot with a new manager in the dugout and captain Scott Brown moving on to a playing and coaching role at Aberdeen following a 14-year spell at Parkhead. There are high hopes that 19-year-old Israeli forward Liel Abada can hit the ground running after signing for a fee in the region of £3.5m.
Celtic will need further reinforcements to join the likes of new boys Kyogo Furuhashi, Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Joey Dawson, if they’re to stand any chance of catching Rangers. Getting into the Champions League proper would be a real statement of intent, and Celtic are the 21/20 favourites to win this first leg.
The hosts do have injury troubles though, with Ismaila Soro, Karamoko Dembele, Mikey Johnston and goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas all among the potential absentees. The visitors are available at 37/13, while you can back the draw in these Celtic v Midtjylland predictions at 9/4 with William Hill. The Scots are 7/10 to qualify for the next round of qualifying, while the Danes are 15/13 at this stage.
One to watch for Celtic: All eyes will be on Liel Abada if the Israeli gets the chance to make his debut on Tuesday, with the youngster telling his new manager he’s ready to start straight away.
One to watch for FC Midtjylland: The Wolves have a significant Brazilian influence in their squad, not least in the form of talented No 10 Evander, who’s scored 16 goals in 48 Superliga appearances so far for Midtjylland.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Celtic v Midtjylland tips, a correct score prediction could be the way to go. The Hoops face a tough challenge, but they are 8/1 to emerge with a 2-1 victory to take into next week’s second leg.