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Celtic v Inter Milan: There’s Nor-way Johansen won’t score

| 18.02.2015

In 1967 Celtic defied the odds to beat Inter Milan in the final of the European Cup and 48 years on from that legendary encounter we are predicting another win for the Hoops, this time at Parkhead in the Europa League.

Ronny Deila’s team go into the first-leg encounter as the slight underdogs once again at 21/10 with Ladbrokes for a victory on the night with the draw 23/10 and a Nerazzurri win 13/10.

But with the Celtic Park faithful likely to be in good voice and Inter far from their imperious best of late in Serie A we are predicting a home win at the very least and a few more things besides.

Stefan Johansen to score at any time @ 5/1

After a slow start to life at Parkhead, the 24-year-old Norway international looks to be finding his feet, with goals in each of his last three outings for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

This domestic form could well carry through into Europe too with Johansen proving far more prolific in the Europa League so far this term.

The Scandinavian attacker has scored three goals in his last four outings for Celtic in the competition and looks a standout pick to score against an Inter side that has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three outings away from the San Siro.

Both teams to score and Celtic to win was 9/2 now @ 6/1

Though Celtic may come out on top on the night, don’t be surprised to see Inter grab one of those pesky away goals in Glasgow and the good news for Ladbrokes customers is that the price on such an outcome has been boosted ahead of kick-off!

Deila’s team scored and conceded in five of their six group stage games in this competition and conceded last time out in the Scottish top-flight against St Johnstone.

But with a partisan crowd behind them and all the ingredients for a famous European night at Celtic Park, the home fans should still be in good voice come the final whistle.

Fredy Guarin to score at any time @ 10/3

Though Inter’s vast array of attacking talent offers plenty of potential goalscorer options, their Colombian midfield powerhouse has been the one leading by example of late.

Guarin was part of the Porto team that won the Europa League under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011 and scored at this very stage of the competition in a tricky first-leg fixture away from home against Sevilla.

He’s also found the net in back-to-back Serie A games for Inter going into this contest and, as this famous goal for the Portuguese giants shows, he is more than capable of finding the net from almost anywhere.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.