Champions League Tips: Celtic unlikely to concede as TNS fail to fire

Brendan Rodgers makes his Celtic dugout debut in the Champions League second qualifying round
Brendan Rodgers makes his Celtic dugout debut in the Champions League second qualifying round

Celtic, The New Saints and Rosenborg are among the teams in Champions League qualifying action this week...


"Lincoln Red Imps have fired two blanks in three home Champions League qualifiers, while three of the last four contests featured two strikes exactly."

Back Celtic to win 2-0 away to Lincoln Red Imps @ 7.413/2

Lincoln Red Imps 21.020/1 v Celtic 1.182/11; The Draw 9.28/1
Tuesday, 19:00
Live on BT Sport 2

Brendan Rodgers might be new to Parkhead and to the Champions League qualifying process, but the squad that he has inherited are absolute veterans, with this their fifth straight exploration of the preliminaries and the fourth year in a row that they have kicked off their campaign in the second round.

Their three previous entries at this stage all saw them get underway with a win to nil regardless of the opponents or the venue, prevailing 3-0 at Cliftonville in 2013/14, 1-0 at KR Reykjavik in 2014/15 and 2-0 at home to Stjarnan last term.

Gibraltarian hosts Lincoln Red Imps have scored three times in four prior Champions League outings in front of their fans, with two of those goals coming from the penalty spot. They have fired two blanks in three, while three of the aforementioned four contests featured two strikes exactly.

Recommended Bets:
Back Celtic to win to nil @ 1.748/11
Back Celtic to win 2-0 @ 7.413/2


The New Saints 6.411/2 v APOEL 1.674/6; The Draw 4.03/1
Tuesday, 19:00
Live on S4C

The New Saints' reward for dismissing San Marino's title holders Tre Penne home and away in the first qualifying round is a double header with APOEL. The Cypriot side were surprise quarter-finalists in 2011/12, yet haven't been beyond the group stage in their three participations since.

However, they haven't failed to get through the second qualifying round in the past decade, keeping clean sheets on their travels on two of their last three clashes at this phase of the competition. The Welsh champions have fallen at this juncture in four successive seasons and in three of those they were shut out as hosts.

Recommended Bet: Back APOEL to keep a clean sheet @ 2.111/10


Rosenborg 1.654/6 v Norrkoping 5.85/1; The Draw 4.3100/30
Wednesday, 18:15
Live on Betfair Live Video

Sweden are higher than Norway in UEFA's coefficient rankings, but Rosenborg appear the more likely victors of this all-Scandinavian collision.

Whereas Norrkoping last sampled the European Cup in the early 1960s and haven't played in Europe since 2000, the Norwegian club haven't sat out a season for a decade, clearing at least one round of whichever competition they landed in first for eight consecutive years.

Rosenborg's final four continental home fixtures in 2015/16 each served up two goals or fewer, as have three of Norrkoping's last four Swedish league assignments.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.35/4


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