The World Champions have barely arrived home and already we’re flying head first into a brand new season.
For some clubs of course the season has already started, notably Aberdeen who cruised through a first qualifying round of the Europa League. Tomorrow night sees their SPFL counterparts Celtic take to the field as they attempt to make it to the group stages of the Champions League for the third year in succession.
Under new boss, Ronny Deila they travel to Iceland to take on KR Reykjavik and should be good enough to come back home with a win. Not only that but we like the look of them to win to nil against the Icelandic champions. The Bhoys qualified to the play-offs last year without conceded in four ties. 888 Sport are offering 13/10 for them to do it again, which is a massive price boost compared to the measly odds of around 1/3 that are generally available on the Hoops winning in the outright market.
Likewise BATE Borisov should be far too strong at home to Albanian champions Skënderbeu Korçë. The Albanians have never scored a goal away from home in European competition, never mind won on the road so it’s no surprise that BATE are as short as 2/7 to win the first leg. The Belarussians have plenty of European experience these days and should progress comfortably over the two legs.
BATE should be good enough to beat the -1 handicap, meaning they’ll need to win by 2 or more. Paddy Power go 1/1 that they will and that looks a decent bet.