Despite dominating possession in their Europa League round of 32 first leg tie against Valencia, Celtic find themselves heading over to the Mestalla 2-0 down and all to play for if they are to book their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and don’t forget we have plenty of value available in our FanBoosts section with our selection of enhanced odds!
Celtic Trailing After Home Loss
Celtic suffered just their second defeat at Celtic Park this season against Valencia in the opening leg of this Europa League Last-32 meeting.
They had won 20 of their 22 matches here across all competitions prior to that defeat, so Brendan Rogers will certainly need to regroup his charges for their trip to Spain.
Their hosts have been impressive since mid-January, winning five of their 10 matches in all competitions, with their only defeat at Getafe a month ago, and they proved their quality with a stalemate at the Nou Camp recently in the league.
Valencia Dominant At The Mestalla
Los Che remain unbeaten from their last 12 matches in all competitions at the Mestalla, winning eight of them and keeping a clean sheet in four of the last five, and so it would take a monumental effort from anyone, let alone a Scottish side to overturn them on home turf.
All of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Man Utd have already tried and failed this term, while only Juventus have managed to put more than one strike past them (2-0) from their 19 outings in front of their own fans.
Valencia v Celtic Betting Tips
Celtic may have gone a respectable three wins from their six matches in the group stages, but they lost both their visits to their more competitive group opponents in Salzburg and Leipzig, as they could only muster up a solitary goal across both trips.
What’s more, Scottish teams have a woeful record in Spain. Even if we take out the ‘Big Two’, they’ve lost eight of nine winless matches ince 2006/07, failing to score in each of those defeats and that looks likely again versus La Liga’s second-best defence.
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