FOLLOW CHAMPIONS-LEAGUE-FINAL

Celtic FC v Benfica Champions League preview - Hoops have a tough opener

Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Play Off Round between Celtic and Helsingborgs IF at Celtic Park. (credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic FC may have been the first British side to win the Champions League in 1967 but they have their work cut out to qualify from Group G this season.

Watch & bet on football at Bet365 > live streaming > football

Group G consists of the Bhoys, four time winners Barcelona, Russian side Spartak Moscow and two-time holders Benfica from Portugal - meaning it will not be easy.

The Hoops created history 45 years ago when they defeated Inter Milan in 2-1 in Lisbon, but it does not look likely that they will every get close to repeating that feat.

Neil Lennon’s men are the current Scottish Premier League champions and they entered this competition in the third round qualifying stage and they have looked great in front of goal.

They managed a 4-1 aggregate win over HJK, before sealing a 4-0 victory over two legs against Helsingborg to reach the Group Stages.

Benfica, who finished runners-up in the Portugal Liga Sagres, have a better pedigree in Europe’s elite tournaments and did not have to participate in the qualifying rounds.

These two have met on four occasions in the Champions League with their last meeting coming in 2007-08 in Group D with Celtic winning their home tie 1-0 with Benfica doing the same in Portugal. The Hoops qualified for the next stage by finishing second in the Group behind AC Milan with Benfica coming third.

The Bhoys are on offer at 17/2 with Bet365 to take this opener at Parkhead 1-0, while Benfica can be backed at 6/1 for the same outcome.

Benfica are the favourites to secure all three points with Bet365 laying odds of 11/10, while the draw and a win for Celtic is available at 12/5.
comments powered by Disqus

All Champions League Tips News

Recent Champions League Tips Articles

  • Champions League Final tips - 3 reasons why Juventus CAN beat Barcelona

    Juventus will bid to cause an upset by beating Barcelona to lift the Champions League trophy in Berlin on Saturday – and we give three reasons why it CAN happen. ...

  • Our Top 3 outside bets for the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus

    Looking for a big-odds bet for the Champions League final? We bring you our top three outside tips as Barcelona and Juventus go head to head for the biggest prize in European club football....

  • Real Madrid v Juventus betting tips - Stubborn Italians can dethrone kings of Europe

    Juventus can finish the job they started so promisingly last week by ending Real Madrid’s reign as European champions at the Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday. ...

  • Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona tips - How to use the bet365 £50 in-play matched bet offer

    Bookmaker Bet365 have a treat in store for punters on Tuesday as they are offering a fantastic risk-free £50 in-play matched bet on the big Champions League game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona. ...

  • Bayern Munich v Barcelona betting tips - Die Roten to put up brave fight

    Barcelona take a three goal advantage into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich - but can you really afford to rule out a Pep Guardiola masterclass?...

  • Barcelona v Bayern Munich betting tips - Will Pep Guardiola return to haunt his former club?

    Pep Guardiola returns to his former club Barcelona for the first time since quitting as their coach three years ago on Wednesday - aiming to reach the Champions League Final at their expense. ...

  • Juventus v Real Madrid betting tips - History on the side of Italian champions

    Juventus have a strong record against Real Madrid and can claim an important win on Tuesday that would give them a chance of reaching the Champions League Final. ...

  • Monaco v Juventus betting tips - Italian job should be completed with aplomb

    Juventus are making a better job than Arsenal did of trying to get past Monaco in the Champions League and should complete their passage into the last four on Wednesday. ...

  • Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid betting tips - European champions to clinch semi-final place

    A more entertaining spectacle should be in store for the second leg of the all-Madrid quarter-final in the Champions League at the Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday. ...

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • 2016-17 Champions League Final to be staged at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

    UEFA have confirmed the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the Champions League final in 2016-17. ...

  • 2015-16 Champions League winner odds - Barcelona favourites to retain European crown

    Barcelona, the reigning kings of Europe, have been installed favourites to retain their title by winning the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League. ...

  • UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Schedule & Fixtures

    Only 24 days after Barcelona became kings of Europe, the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League kicks off with the first qualifying round of the next competition. ...

  • UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Schedule & Fixtures

    Only 24 days after Barcelona became kings of Europe, the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League kicks off with the first qualifying round of the next competition....

  • Juventus v Barcelona betting tips - Champions League Final could go the distance

    Barcelona may have to work harder than many people expect to become kings of Europe when they face Juventus in the Champions League Final in Berlin on June 6. ...

  • Juventus v Barcelona key battles - 3 head-to-heads that will influence the Champions League Final

    Juventus v Barcelona is the match-up for the biggest game of club football in the world this year – and we look at three of the key battles that will influence the outcome in the 2014-15 Champions League Final. ...

  • Champions League Final team news - Giorgio Chiellini denied Luis Suarez reunion by injury

    Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been denied a Champions League Final reunion on the pitch with Luis Suarez, the man who bit him at last summer’s World Cup. ...

  • When is the 2015 Champions League Final?

    The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League reaches its climax on Saturday June 6 with the final between Juventus and Barcelona, kicking off at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin at 19:45 BST. ...

  • The Footballtips team's Juventus/Barcelona Combined XI

    The Champions League final is almost upon us and in preparation, we've combined the best players from both Juventus and Barcelona to great our favourite combined XI....

More Stories

Claim your free bets

  • £200bonus
    1.
    £200 Deposit Bonus + 100% Euro Soccer Bonus

    bet365 offer all new customers a £200 deposit bonus when they register a new account, while you can also enjoy bonuses on winning Champions League accumulator bets. You can earn a bonus of up to 100% on your returns if you place accumulators on the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Liga, Bundesliga 1 or Champions League.

  • £250bonus
    2.
    £250 free bets plus money back specials galore

    Paddy Power have £250 in free bets available when you register a new account with the Irish bookmaker, while you can enjoy money back specials on the big Champions League games.

  • £25bonus
    3.
    Use Promotion Code MAXCASH for £25 free

    Register with Ladbrokes using MAXCASH and you will qualify for a free matched £25 bet to get you started.

  • £10bonus
    4.
    Stan James £10 free bet

    Use the promotion code MAXIMUMBONUS to claim a free £10 bet on the Champions League right now! Stan James are one of the best bookmakers for football betting.

  • £Doublebonus
    5.
    Double your Odds at Betfred

    Betfred have an amazing new customer offer - register an account and they will double the odds of your very 1st bet regardless of what you bet on.

  • £20bonus
    6.
    Bet £5 get £20 free at Croal

    Coral are currently offering new customers the chance Bet £5 get £20 free at Coral when they register a new account and place a first qualifying bet. They have a first-class betting service for the Champions League including lots of enhanced doubles and trebles.

  • £50bonus
    7.
    Claim £50 free bets at BetVictor

    BetVictor are a fantastic bookmaker for football betting and regularly outperform competitors when it comes to their competitive odds. You can also enjoy £50 in free bets when you register a new account with this firm.

  • £25bonus
    8.
    Enjoy a 100% deposit bonus up to £25 in free bets

    Open a Unibet account today and you will get your first deposit matched up to £50. Play through your deposit once to use your bonus cash.

  • £30bonus
    9.
    Enjoy a free £30 bet at bwin

    bwin are the leading bookmaker when it comes to In-Play betting on football, with readers currently able to enjoy a free £30 bet on the action!

  • £50bonus
    10.
    Claim £50 in Champions League free bets

    Boylesports are offering you £50 in free bets for a limited time only! In the UK or Ireland? Text "MAX" to 51500 for a mobile only offer.

  • £88bonus
    11.
    Claim £88 in free bets

    888sport are offering new players up to £88 in free bets when they register a new account with this bookmaker.

Bookmakers

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Celtic FC v Benfica Champions League preview - Hoops have a tough opener

Celtic FC may have been the first British side to win the Champions League in 1967 but they have their work cut out to qualify from Group G this season.

Read more »