iBet: Swedes could try and keep things tight against Scottish champions
Champions League Qualifying, Third Round
Celtic V Elfsborg, kick off 7.45pm
Lay over 3.5 goals with Betfair at 3.3
Competitive league football begins this weekend in England, but for Celtic things get underway tonight. The Scottish champions saw off Cliftonville in the last round without conceding. The Swedes demolished Latvian side Daugava Daugavpils 11-1, but they are likely to approach this one differently. Elfsborg lie fifth in the Swedish top league, nine points behind leaders Helsingborg.
They have finished in the top four in the Allsvenskan seven seasons in a row and have lost only three times in 17 games all season, and have a goal difference of +14. Their domestic games average 2.7 goals, with their away games slightly tighter than their home fixtures, producing only 20 goals in eight games, an average of 2.5 per game.
They are one of the strongest teams in the Swedish top flight and it seems unlikely that they will be gung ho here against a far superior side than the Latvians, and will more than likely do their best to still be in the tie for the second leg next Wednesday. Celtic manager Neil Lennon is on record as saying that he thinks Elfsborg are one of the toughest teams they could have drawn at this stage. It could pay to go ‘unders’.
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