The Football Bet of the Day again comes from the Champions League. The clash between Celtic and Benfica is key for both sides with European giants Barcelona expected to top the group. Along with Spartak Moscow, the race for the second qualifying spot till be tight.
Match: Celtic v Benfica
Bet of the day: Draw
Best Odds: 3.55 with Pinnacle
The turmoil in Scottish football this summer has done nothing to enhance the reputation of the League, and Celtic continue to be underestimated in European competition when playing at home. The Hoops are rarely beaten at Parkhead on Euro nights, only losing to Atletico Madrid last term (from four ties). Two years ago, they beat Braga, Benfica’s domestic rivals, 2-1. Given the strengths of the home side, even money on Benfica looks short. The Portuguese side won two of seven away trips in last season’s campaign, and drew three. The previous year saw them win just one of seven road games in Europe (both Champions League and Europa League). While the price on the visitors is small, the value punt looks to be the draw. Neither team will want to open up with a defeat, and Benfica would be reasonably happy to take a draw if things remained level heading into the closing stages.
Football Bet of the Day
Draw (Celtic v Benfica) @ 3.55 with Pinnacle