Shay Conaghan (@ShayConaghan) previews Rosenborg v Celtic and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday’s Champions League Qualifier clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Rosenborg v Celtic Betting Preview, Odds & Betting Tips
- Date: 01/08/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Lerkendal Stadion
- Channel: Premier Sports
Rosenborg will host Celtic on Wednesday evening in the return leg of this Champions League qualifier. The victor will progress through and play AEK Athens in the next round, the penultimate one before the group stages.
After letting a 1-0 lead go last week against the current Scottish champions, Rosenborg have the huge task of levelling the aggregate score if they want to progress to the next round. Despite the fact they lost, the Norwegian side still have hope, and that hope comes in the shape of an away goal. However, their defence will need to be rock-solid on Wednesday if they don’t want to make things even more complicated for themselves.
The other advantage Rosenborg have is their performances at their home ground. Since the end of June, the Norwegian champions have beaten Valerenga, Tromso and Trondheim, and their approach will be nothing short of attacking in the hope of scoring an early and mounting the pressure on Celtic.
Following their comfortable victory at Celtic Park, Brendan Rodgers’ men will be cautious going into the game, knowing that conceding a goal at any given time could boost Rosenborg to push for a second goal. Despite Moussa Dembelé still out injured, the Bhoys proved once again in the first leg that their attacking prowess is capable of scoring at least one goal on Wednesday, a goal that could prove to be fatal for the Norwegian’s chances of progressing. Odsonne Édouard is in fine form since sealing his move to Paradise for 9m, and together with Olivier Ntcham they ran the show last week and will most likely do so once again.
Rosenborg still have the upper hand when it comes to fitness, seeing as they're half way through their season, whereas Celtic, in all honesty, are still in full pre-season mode.
Rosenborg are still without injured players Samuel Adegbenro and Anders Konradesn, but have got a fully-fit squad otherwise. Celtic’s star striker Moussa Dembélé is out injured for the next two weeks, whilst Jozo Simunović is still out with a red card suspension.
Potential TeamA Starting XI: Hansen; Reginiussen, Hovland, Hedenstad, Meling; Jensen, Trondsen, Lundemo; Bendtner, Helland, Levi.
Potential TeamB Starting XI: Gordon; Tierney, Gamboa, Hendry, Ajer; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Sinclair, Forrest; Edouard
Head To Head
- The last six meetings between the sides has seen three victories for Celtic, one win for Rosenborg and one draw.
Key Stats & Facts
- Celtic have scored at least 3 goals in their last 5 matches.
- Rosenborg are undefeated at home since May.
- Rosenborg 19/10
- Draw 9/4
- Celtic 6/5
The fact Rosenborg need to score goals is enough reason to believe that Celtic can do enough damage to the Norwegians with their firepower upfront, but Celtic’s defence will be just as vulnerable, so expect goals.