The matches from the second round of the European Champions League start this Tuesday and one of the most interesting matches for betting is actually the first one for the day. It will be played in Russia, which means three hours earlier than the other matches because of the time difference and the cold weather there.
Spartak Moscow welcomes Celtic in a match where the victory for any of the two sides will increase their chances to rank second in the group and move forward in the tournament with Barcelona.
It was exactly Barcelona that Spartak played with in the first match and they played really well. The Moscow players lost the match, but losing from Barcelona at Camp Nou with 3-2 is something that almost every team in the world should be proud of. Moreover, Spartak Moscow led at the halftime with 1:2 and only the genius of Messi saved the Spaniards and many betting houses.
Spartak have presented successfully in qualification matches, where they beat the Turkish team of Fenerbahce after a win with 2-1 in Moscow and a draw 1-1 in Istanbul.
Celtic is also performing great in the Champions League. The team won all six games in the preliminary qualifications and are entitled to participate in the group stage. Then followed a draw at home with Benfica – 0:0, which also can’t be called a poor result.
Both teams play differently in their home leagues. Currently Spartak Moscow is ranked fifth in Russia, as the difference between the team and the leader in the standings Anji is 4 points. Spartak has six wins, three losses and a draw, but at home the team plays really well. They have made three wins from three matches so far but there is one thing that should be noted. In all three matches the Spartak players conceded goals.
Celtic in turn presents not so well in Scotland but this is something that might be expected, given the fact that their title is 99% secure after the relegation of Rangers. That’s why it is normal for the team to be a little more relaxed in the league. It is clear that Celtic will play in this match at their maximum, as now the Champions League is the most important tournament for them.
Allowing goals from Spartak at home in all their games so far and the opportunity Celtic has to concentrate mostly in this match gives me the idea to bet on goals here. I think both teams will score tonight and the betting odds for it is about 1.9.