Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Lille 23/20 to beat Celtic in Thursday’s Europa League showdown

Competition: Europa League

Market: Lille win

Odds: 23/20 @ 888sport

Looking to pile even more pressure onto Celtic in midweek, Lille will make the trip to a downbeat Glasgow on Thursday night as they sign off their Group H campaign on Thursday night.

Starting with the hosts, coming under even more scrutiny over the weekend, Celtic had to settle for what was a hugely disappointing 1-1 draw at home against St. Johnstone. With many around Glasgow calling for Neil Lennon to step down from his role in the dugout, the defending Scottish champions find themselves in the midst of their most testing spell in recent memory. Appearing someway off bitter rivals Rangers, Celtic have remarkably managed to win just a pair of their last 11 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to October 4th. Even more worrying for Thursday’s hosts, enduring a woeful five-match winless run and already failing to secure a route out of Group H this season, Lennon’s strugglers should face another stern test at Celtic Park in midweek.

As for the visitors, while Celtic might find themselves in the midst of a growing crisis, Lille have impressed many since opening the 2020/2021 campaign. Last seen over the weekend when picking up an eye-catching 2-1 win at home against Monaco, the French outfit still find themselves sat within striking distance of Ligue 1 leaders PSG. On a remarkable run of form that has seen them lose just a single matchup across all formats so far this season, Head Coach Christophe Galtier also finds his squad sat in pole position to secure top spot in Group H. Making the trip to Glasgow on Thursday night holding a one-point buffer over AC Milan, it should also be noted that last time on foreign soil, Lille landed a stunning 3-0 romp at the San Siro. Looking to sign off their European run with a flurry in midweek, we’re backing an away victory.

Bet: Lille 23/20 to beat Celtic in Thursday’s Europa League showdown @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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