Nothing short of a miracle will save Celtic tonight when they travel to Italy for a match against Juventus, following a 0-3 defeat at Celtic Park. The visitors are not a great traveling team, which explains why the bookmakers are crediting them with a second chance and offers huge odds for Celtic to cause an upset.
Match: Juventus vs Celtic
Bet: Celtic +1,5 Handicap
Odds: Ladbrokes 1.82
Juventus is leading Serie A by only six points, following a 1-1 draw against the runner-up Napoli and can’t afford to leak any points in the upcoming rounds. At a first glance, it might look like the next two games are not going to be too difficult, but both Catania and Bologna have stepped up their game in February. Defending a three goals advantage in Torino is merely a formality and Conte is a pragmatic coach who knows how much energy is required to invest to ensure qualification.
Celtic needs to score 4 goals to advance to the quarterfinals, something that they haven’t accomplished in more than a decade in the Champions League. Although the odds are stacked against him, the visitors won’t lay down their weapons and will keep chasing victory until the final minute. Without the Rangers to worry about, Celtic has built an impressive 16 points lead over the next team in the Premier League and has no reasons to rest players.
Coach Lennon is under no illusion about the chances his team has to advance in the Champions League, but he will put up quite a fight in Torino. Ladbrokes will reward punters who bet on Celtic not to lose by two goals or more with odds of 1.82, which is huge value given the lack of motivation for Juventus.