FC Riga on 24 September in Skonto will host Celtic in the Europa League semi-final match. Bookmakers see guests as the obvious favorite. Will the owners fight back? – we offer our forecast and an option for a bet.
Riga started the European season with the Champions League qualification, where the team lost 0: 2 away from Maccabi Tel Aviv, and was relegated to the Europa League qualifying tournament.
At the previous stage of qualification, the Latvian club beat Tre Fiori at home (1: 0). In the current Latvian championship , Riga is the leader in the standings. The team has 17 victories and 2 defeats, and the advantage over its closest competitor, the RFS, is four points.
On the eve of the upcoming match, the Rigans scored a minimal victory in the home meeting with Valmiera (1: 0).
The Scottish champion has sensationally dropped out of the Champions League qualification. There, the Celts at the quarterfinals stage lost at home to Ferencváros (1: 2). Prior to that, Neil Lennon’s team left no chances for the Icelandic KR Reykjavik (6: 0).
Celtic started the new season of the Scottish Premier League successfully. After seven rounds played, the team won six victories, with one draw. With 19 points, the team is one point behind the Rangers, but has a match in reserve.
On the eve of the upcoming clash, Celtic sorted out in Glasgow with Livingstone (3: 2).
In 6 of Celtic’s last 7 away matches, they have scored no more than 4 goals.
Celtic have won their last 3 away games with a tally of 8: 1.
Riga’s four previous matches were grassroots.
Celtic are three heads stronger than their upcoming rival. The Scottish club probably learned a lesson after the defeat to Ferencváros, so there can be no question of underestimating the opponent.
“Riga” concedes a little in the championship of Latvia, but the level of the team’s rivals in the championship is not comparable to that of the guests. We predict a logical victory for guests with a small number of goals.
Our prediction is that Celtic will also win TM (4.5) with odds of 1.66 in BC Vinlay n.