Celtic – HJK 01.08.2012
HJK are once again the Champions League qualifying stage representing Finland. Last season they were eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb losing both legs, while also losing in the Europa League Play-off against Schalke.
But last season HJK had a better squad, since than 4 regular players, defender Rafinha, midfielders Ring and Bah as well as striker Pukki have left for better leagues making HJK much weaker. This coul already be seen in the league where they no longer dominate like in the past 2 seasons, and they have problems especially in getting the points away from home.
Match: Celtic – HJK 20.45h
League: Champions League
Our prediction: Home Team to score two or more goals
Odds: 1.55 Bookmaker: Expekt
Celtic remain the only hope for Scottish football since Rangers have been relegated. They are certainly a level or two above HJK, the fans it is said that will fill up the stadium, and we can expect Celtic to put up a good display, and take a comfortable lead for the return leg in Finland, as HJK right now does not have what it takes defensively to keep Celtic at bay, but my recommendation is to bet that the home team achieved two or more goals in this match and so ensure themselves a decent advantage for second leg.