Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen: Predictions, odds & betting tips
December 30, 2021
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Bundesliga side head to Scotland in strong scoring form and the visitors should be able to find the back of the net at least twice on Thursday
Celtic welcome Bayer Leverkusen to Glasgow on Thursday evening in matchday two of the Europa League with Ange Postecoglu’s side looking for their first win in Group G.
The Scottish side were beaten 4-3 at Real Betis in their opening game and face one of the most in-form sides in the Bundesliga.
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen latest odds
Gerardo Seoane’s men have won five of their last six matches in the German top flight and recorded a 2-1 victory against Ferencvaros in their first European game of the season.
Leverkusen are offered at 20/21 (1.98) to claim another success with bet365, while Celtic can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) and the draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) .
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen team news
The Bhoys are missing a number of key players with Kyogo Furuhashi, Callum McGregor, Giorgos Giakoumakis and James Forrest all sidelined for the hosts through injury.
The visitors also have members of the squad out, with Julian Baumgartlinger, Exequiel Palacios, Edmund Tapsoba and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all long-term injury absentees.
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen preview
Leverkusen have started the season in impressive fashion and their potency in the final third has been eye-catching.
The side from North Rhine-Westphalia have played eight matches in all competitions so far this term, scoring at least twice in six of those matches.
Leverkusen’s goal difference of +9 after six matches in the Bundesliga is the second best in the competition after Bayern Munich, with only the champions and Borussia Dortmund scoring more goals.
The visitors will feel they have more than enough firepower to get among the goals against a Celtic side who conceded four times to Real Betis and kept just two clean sheets in their last seven fixtures.
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen tips & predictions
The price of 20/21 (1.98) for an away win should draw plenty of interest, while backing Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) looks like a tempting option.
The price of 13/8 (2.62) meanwhile for the German side to score in both halves could also be a shrewd way of investing in them to get among the goals on Thursday evening.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.