Fenerbahce v Celtic betting preview – Embarrassing finale for Hoops in Europe

Celtic have been atrocious in Europe this season. Has this been a huge surprise?

Fenerbahce v Celtic betting preview – Embarrassing finale for Hoops in Europe

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Glen Laidlaw

December 10th, 2015

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There can be no positives whatsoever to take from Celtic’s Europa League campaign this season. No surprise there then. The focus for Hoops boss Ronny Deila will once again be on an utterly predictable Scottish Premiership, where in reality there can be only one winner.

Only four points currently separate leaders Celtic and second-placed Aberdeen, but we all know who will be lifting the title at the end of the season. Clearly this doesn’t make for an exciting top-flight, however more importantly for Celtic, it means that with no serious domestic opposition they are on a hiding to nothing when it comes to Europe.

Deila is in a no-win situation and he must know that. Wrap up the Premiership title by Christmas and no-one bats an eyelid. Get knocked out of Europe once again and everyone sits up and declares how Celtic are a complete failure and an embarrassment.

What is he supposed to do? His squad grows ever weaker by the season – witness the departure of ┬áVirgil Van Dijk and Jason Denayer. Then look at their replacements,┬áDedryck Boyata and Tyler Blackett. They have proven themselves to be completely unsuitable and the Hoops have been left looking severely wanting at the back.

No other side in the Europa League has leaked goals more than Celtic. Eleven conceded in five games is a dreadful statistic and it is little surprise that Celtic currently sit bottom of their group with just two points, a situation which we don’t believe will be any different at the final whistle tonight.

All five of Celtic’s group matches have contained over 2.5 goals with three seeing over 3.5. This will almost certainly be the case tonight, although whether the visitors score many of them looks rather doubtful. Perhaps this is being unfair on Deila’s side, although we’ll be grabbing ourselves 8/5 with BetVictor for tonight’s match to contain over 3.5 goals, irrespective of which side actually scores them.

This would have been a winner in the reverse fixture at Celtic Park earlier in this campaign, although it is very unlikely that we will witness a repeat of that 2-2 scoreline in Turkey this evening. Fenerbahce sit just two points off the top of the Group A table and three points tonight would see them overtake surprise current leaders Molde should the Norwegians slip-up against Ajax.

It goes without saying that this is Europe’s second-tier club competition and if Celtic can’t perform better than they have been, then Scottish football is in a much sorrier state than many believe it is. A major shake up is clearly required somewhere along the line, although what form this would take is a very difficult one to decide and we certainly don’t claim to have the answer.

Either way, some optimism may be taken from the fact that the Hoops have at least scored in all of their Europa League group outings so far and we’ll be backing them to grab themselves a consolation effort tonight. Scant consolation indeed.

Back Fenerbahce to win and both teams to score at 2/1 with Coral.



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