Maribor vs Celtic: Stokes can help Hoops spring surprise
The bizarre decision to substitute on a suspended player in the dying minutes of a second leg tie may have seen Celtic granted a Champions League reprieve at the expense of Legia Warsaw but we are confident the Bhoys can recover their composure here.
Maribor may be hosting this first leg encounter but Ladbrokes has them priced as outsiders at 9/5 with the Hoops on at 6/4 for the win while the draw is available at 23/10 with the bookmakers.
And ahead of the big kick-off, we’ve got the three best bets available for this qualification encounter.
The ex-Arsenal academy man enjoyed his best ever season for Celtic last term with 20 goals in 33 appearances in the Scottish Premiership. He’s started the current campaign as he means to go on too with goals against St Johnstone and Dundee United and could be one to watch here.
Taking the Legia Warsaw result as something of an anomaly – Celtic lost 4-1 in the first leg after an early Efe Ambrose red card – and Celtic should be backed for a big win having won 3-0 and 6-1 in their opening two league fixtures while Maribor went down 3-1 last time out in Slovenia.
Despite backing the Hoops for the win, Celtic’s porous defence and the fact they are the away team means it wouldn’t be a shock to see both sides score.
Maribor have scored and conceded in each of their last four competitive fixtures while two of Celtic’s last three away games have had goals for both sides.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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