Celtic v Linfield Betting Tips and Odds – 19/07/17

Celtic v Linfield Betting Tips and Odds – 19/07/17

Celtic v Linfield Betting Tips and Odds

In our Celtic v Linfield betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Brendan Rodgers will be expecting his Celtic side to finish the job on Wednesday evening, as they host David Healy’s Linfield at Celtic Park. Celtic went through yet another Scottish Premiership winning season in the last attempt, racking up an incredible tally of forty-eight finishes in the top spot, with very few sides viably rivalling the Scottish-based side for a title fight. Linfield won the NIFL Premiership in the last campaign, so they’re still buzzing off what has become an increasingly more competitive achievement in recent years. They’ve not grabbed what accumulates as their fifty-second title win in the Northern Irish division, which stands as the obviously most prestigious piece of silverware in Northern Ireland. The first leg of this fixture ended as a 2-0 victory for Celtic, who were expected to be even stronger, giving Linfield some much-needed positives to take.

There were disgusting scenes in the first leg, as bottles were thrown at Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

The pressure is on Celtic with them having no reason to not win this game

There’s no signs of surprise around Glasgow as Celtic came out of the last campaign with another Scottish Premiership title victory, making it their sixth in a row as well as their forty-eighth in the club’s history. The dominance is massively frustrating to other teams in the table, with Aberdeen showing signs of life before not being able to outdo their opposition and having star player Jonny Hayes depart to play for The Hoops. Holding out hopes that Rangers would rival Celtic when they returned after their several years in administration had no effect either, as they were no match for Brendan Rodgers’ side at any point in the season. It can be frustrating but the setup arranged by Brendan Rodgers has them set up for greater success in the years to come.

Practice obviously makes perfect for Brendan Rodgers, as his side have indulged in five friendly fixtures already this summer, with a few more planned to be on the cards in the coming weeks. The first leg had them winning by two goals to nil, which wasn’t quite as impressive as many first anticipated, but was understandable when factoring in some of the unpleasant actions by Linfield fans to put off Celtic’s more important players. Former Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair scored early on in the away leg, with an own goal helping them to get them second. There’s plenty of quality in The Hoops’ squad, with Sinclair scoring twenty-one in the league last season, and a further fifty-three coming from Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong, Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts.

Scott Sinclair has been a clever signing for Celtic after coming in for around £3m last summer

More worries over fan violence is concerning all involved in the fixture

It’s been a long four years for Linfield, as they’ve awaited a return to winning ways as the regular NIFL Premiership title winners. The break has made the victory all the sweeter though, as they now come away with a record fifty-second finishes in the top spot in the Northern Irish top tier. Former Rangers manager David Healy has been manager of the club since 2015, taking a risk in going in to the challenge as his first managerial role, but it obviously working out in good style, as achieved sixty-one wins and twelve draws in his ninety-one games at the helm. The win ratio of 67% speaks for itself and all fans of the club hope for is that he can lead them to more of the same next season, even if the Champions League is out of their reach.

Any chance of Linfield coming away with a positive result has gone out of the window, as they now go into a far tougher away fixture already on the back foot from the 2-0 defeat at Windsor Park. In the NIFL Premiership, they’ve managed to come away with an incredible thirteen wins and one draw in their last fourteen games, with even more promise coming from playing at home. There will be plenty of Linfield fans making the trek from Northern Ireland to Scotland, but it’s hoped that there won’t be as much of a poor example set from the last leg, as a portion of their fans disgracefully threw bottles at Celtic’s players, whereby striker Leigh Griffiths reacted in an understandably upset manner.

UEFA could still punish Linfield for their aggressive behaviour towards Celtic

Odds

If you think Celtic will get an expected victory at Celtic Park, get them priced up at 1/20 on Bet365 to win. If you could see these two sides completing the fixture at a draw, you can get odds of 14/1 on Betway. If you would rather back Linfield to do the impossible, they’re given odds as high as 55/1 on BetVictor.

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