Celtic’s qualification campaign for the Champions League continues on Wednesday even as they face Hungarian champions Ferencvaros.
Neil Lennon’s Bhoys breezed past Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik with a 6-0 thrashing in the first qualifying round, but face a tougher test here, with Ferencvaros coming from a league with far greater footballing pedigree.
Ferencvaros may no longer be one of the big names of European football, having won the Fairs Cup in 1965 and played some memorable historical encounters against the sport’s powerhouses. They’ve not reached the Champions League proper since 1995.
Serhiy Rebrov’s side made it past Swedish side Djurgardens IF in the last round to make it here, with a relatively routine 2-0 victory. Norwegian striker Tokmac Nguen scored both of their goals and is priced at 9/2 to score anytime here (via Paddy Power), and a massive 40/1 to repeat the trick and score two or more goals here.
Anything less than a win for the hosts would be a massive shock here. Betfair Sportsbook price them at just 1/3 to win on the night, and Ferencvaros a massive 15/2. Celtic’s odds of qualifying are even shorted - just 1/9, in comparison to 9/2 for their opponents.
Lennon, just like last time against Reykjavik, isn’t expected to take anything for granted here and is expected to field his strongest team, with standout man Odsonne Edouard leading the line. The Frenchman scored in the 6-0 demolition of Reykjavik and has four goals in four appearances in all competitions so far this season.
We recommend backing Edouard to open the scoring here, with generous boosted odds at Betfair Sportsbook, going from 3/1 up to 7/2.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Odsonne Edouard to score first - 7/2 (Betfair Sportsbook)