Prediction and odds for the game: Celtic (21/10) vs Lille (6/5)
We are backing the away win
When: Thursday, 10th December 2020, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Celtic Park
On Thursday night, Celtic host Lille at Celtic Park in Group H of the Europa League, as the visitors look to seal top spot in the group.
The reigning Scottish champions are experiencing a woeful campaign at home and abroad. Not only are they 13 points behind arch-rivals Rangers in the SPL, albeit with two games in-hand, the Hoops are also already eliminated from this competition.
Neil Lennon’s team have picked up just a point from their five games in Group H, which was in the reverse fixture in a 2-2 draw. It was a creditable result considering were both teams are at the moment.
However, since the draw Celtic have suffered three straight defeats in the Europa League, conceding four goals in each of the defeats. The Hoops suffered a 4-2 defeat at high-flying Italian outfit Milan in their last European outfit. The defeat in Italy was part of a five-game winless run for Celtic in all competitions.
The home side produced another poor performance at the weekend, drawing 1-1 at home against St Johnstone. The draw has heaped pressure on boss Lennon, whose situation will reportedly be reviewed in the new year.
The French team only need to match Milan’s result in the other game to finish top of the group. The Rossoneri face Sparta Prague in the other Group h game on matchday six.
LOSC have been superb this season in both Ligue One and the Europa League. Christophe Gaultier’s team are hot on the tails of Ligue One reigning champions and leaders PSG, trailing the Parisians by just two points. They, of course, are also top of the group and hoping to end the group stage campaign as group winners.
Lille are five games unbeaten in all competitions, with a 2-1 win over Monaco last time out their second straight win. The French team are also unbeaten in their five group games in this season’s Europa League. This season’s European campaign is certainly an improvement on their previous efforts in the competition, as before this season the visitors had failed to win in their previous ten matches in the competition.
Lille have won both their away games in the Europa League this season, scoring at least three goals in each victory.
Lille and Celtic are enjoying highly contrasting campaigns all around. The French outfit will be highly confident of recording a victory in this clash and we are backing the visitors to win in a low-scoring encounter, as we also recommend the under 2.5 goals scored as our other pick.
Verdict: We are backing Lille to win at odds of 6/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at the same odds (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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