Celtic vs Valencia Europa League Predictions

Europa League Celtic vs Valencia
Celtic vs Valencia Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 0-2.

It promises to be another famous European night under the lights at Celtic Park as the Bhoys host Valencia in the Europa League.

Predictions

Celtic, top of the Scottish Premiership by six points from Rangers, again try to turn domestic supremacy into continental success as they welcome La Liga giants Valencia to Glasgow.

The Scots might be without a European trophy since 1967 but they did reach the final of the Europa League’s predecessor, the UEFA Cup, in 2003, and have more than held their own against some of the continent’s big boys in the years since.

But such is Celtic’s lot that Valencia are among the more difficult opposition Brendan Rodgers’ side could have been paired with, having split Red Bull clubs Salzburg and Leipzig in Group B. Indeed, the defeat to Salzburg in December was the last time Celtic lost at home.

Valencia, meanwhile, enter the competition after finishing third in the Champions League group and struggled to get into the running in La Liga. Without a win in three, Marcelino’s side harboured hopes of a top four finish but that’s a long way away now.

But while Los Che haven’t won in their last three games, they’ve not lost in the last five either, suggesting there’s a resolve to the Mestalla club that wasn’t there earlier in the season. They might need it, too, as Celtic haven’t so much as conceded a goal since a 1-0 defeat to Rangers in late December.

Valencia, on paper, have more quality but Celtic have stronger momentum and what should be a feisty crowd behind them. This tie will be settled in Spain – look for the first leg to end 1-1.

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Betting Tips

The bookies have taken notice of Celtic’s parsimonious defence – and Valencia’s struggles in front of goal. With the Spaniards barely scoring more than a goal a game in La Liga, it’s unlikely to be a goal-fest. 888Sport have it 10/13 for there to be under 2.5 goals.

The winger is Celtic’s joint-top scorer for this season, but hadn’t netted since early December before getting two in his last two games. He’s also expected back from injury in time for Valencia’s visit. 888Sport have Forrest at 17/4 to score anytime.

Statistics

Head to Head

Celtic and Valencia have only met twice before – back in a 2001 UEFA Cup affair. They each won their respective home legs 1-0, with Valencia progressing on penalties.

Stats

  • Valencia have scored only 24 goals in their 23 La Liga games this season – the only top half team to have scored fewer is Deportivo La Coruna.
  • No team in Spain’s top flight have recorded more draws than Valencia’s 13, while relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano have won as many matches as the European hopefuls – six.
  • Celtic have won each of their last seven games, racking up an aggregate score of 23-0.
  • Rodgers’ side have averaged more than two goals per game in the Scottish Premiership, scoring 59 times in their 25 fixtures.
By:Clay McGibbon

A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.

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