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Celtic doing the business

Celtic only just avoided going down in Copenhagen last week, but over the course of the whole match, they were the better side. It bodes well ahead of the return leg at Celtic Park, where the Bhoys have been excellent in recent times. Neil Lennon’s men have won nine of their last ten at Celtic Park. Of their last 19 home matches in all competitions, they only lost once, against arch-rivals Rangers.

Moreover, “the Hoops” have won each of their last four home matches in the Europa League. They conceded just two goals along the way and beat some useful sides. Just have a look at the table in the Italian Serie A and see how well Lazio is doing. Celtic beat them twice in the group stages. Given their recent record at home in Europe, they come into this with an excellent opportunity of reaching the next stage. Yes, they only avoided defeat on account of a missed penalty last week by FC Copenhagen, but they were the better side.

The Scotsmen are feeling good

While Celtic approach this match feeling pretty good, dark clouds are probably looming over the visitors. FC Copenhagen have gained just one point in their first two matches after re-starting the season in Denmark after a winter break. Playing two of the bottom sides in those matches certainly does not bode well for their chances at Park Head.

Away from their domestic endeavors, Copenhagen haven’t been in menacing form away from home on the continent in recent times. They did win their final travelling group match, beating Lugano by a goal to nil, but Lugano was also the only side they beat in the group stages. It was also their first away win in six attempts in this competition.

Since 2018, Copenhagen have struggled to score goals away from home. Given the fact that Celtic restricted Copenhagen to only a few attempts on target in the reverse fixture, it is hard not to fancy the host. We do expect the Hoops to get the job done, while at the same time a feast of goals looks unlikely.

Copenhagen have struggled offensively on the road but have not often conceded lots of goals either.  Three goals were scored in nine of Celtic’s last ten UEL home matches, eight of which they’ve won. The home win or a low scoring encounter. Or a combination of the two.

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