Soccer Picks: Celtic vs Barcelona Betting Odds Preview

Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:37 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 6:37 PM UTC

Familiar with one another after last season's memorable Champions League battles, Barcelona and Celtic again meet up in the group stages. Here's our soccer pick for the encounter.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Don't forget to read our <a target="_blank" title="Free Soccer Picks: Champions League 2014 Futures Betting" href="/soccer/free-picks/free-soccer-picks-champions-league-2014-futures-betting-a-31619/">2013-14 Champions League Betting Futures</a> report!</em></p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview</b></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">We all remember what happened the last time these sides met, but a similar result isn't expected in the eyes of odds makers. <a target="_blank" title="Free live and updated soccer betting odds, at" href="/betting-odds/soccer/">Soccer betting lines</a> show Barcelona at -250 and Celtic at +800 to win on Tuesday. What might this game have in store for our <a target="_blank" title="Visit for the latest in soccer odds, info, picks and predictions!" href="/soccer/">soccer picks</a>?</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Goals are expected at Celtic Park but then again, this is Barcelona we're talking about. The Catalan giants can always put up a five spot on any given night, so that's why the O/U is at three goals instead of the normal typical two-and-a-half. </span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Celtic</b></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em"><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/CelticMilanUEFA_September2013_200.jpg" style="font-size:1em" />It's going to take something super special for Celtic to emerge out of <a target="_blank" title="Soccer Picks: Champions League Tips &amp; Picks for Group H " href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-champions-league-tips-picks-group-h-a-33247/">their Champions League group</a> and head into the knockout stages.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Just look at the participants alongside them in Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, and Ajax, three absolute giants in world soccer that have had unmeasured success in this competition over the years.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Celtic got a taste of what to expect in their group opener against Milan. The Scottish outfit had held the Italians to 0-0 draw, that is until there were 10 minutes remaining, when Sulley Muntari and then an Emilio Izaguirre own goal condemned the underdogs to a 2-0 defeat at the San Siro.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">The Scots immediately came back to beat St Johnstone 2-1 at home, three days before a horrible showing in a 1-0 league loss to Greenock Morton at home.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">However, Celtic again bounced back, this time destroying Kilmarnock 5-2 away from home. Georgios Samaras had a hat-trick and Kris Commons and Amido Balde also scored in what was the side's fourth successive Premier League win.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Barcelona</b></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">It hasn't seemed to matter who Barcelona's manager is: they just don't stop winning no matter who's patrolling the sideline.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Gerardo Martino has been very successful in the early goings, with Barcelona winning seven out of seven La Liga matches, while recording a goal differential of +19.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">The Catalans easily <a target="_blank" title="Soccer Picks: Barcelona vs. Ajax Betting Odds Preview" href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-barcelona-vs-ajax-betting-odds-preview-a-33456/">scooted past Ajax 4-0 in their Champions League opener</a> a couple weeks ago, and have since beaten Rayo Vallecano (4-0), Real Sociedad (4-1), and Almeria (2-0). Lionel Messi and Adriano scored the goals in the win over Almeria this past weekend.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">However, it wasn't all good news for Martino's men. Messi picked up a thigh injury in the win and is set to miss two to three weeks.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Of course it's going to weaken your side when you lose the best player on the planet, but perhaps this is Neymar's chance to step up and take over the goalscoring duties. Don't forget about the likes of Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Alexi Sanchez, Xavi, and Iniesta either, all of whom can put the ball in the back of the net.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Champions League Pick</b></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Last year's two meetings both ended in 2-1 wins. Barcelona won 2-1 at the Nou Camp in a surprisingly tight affair, but then lost 2-1 two weeks later in one of the biggest upsets you'll ever see.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">Messi has famously stated that Celtic Park has the best European atmosphere of any stadium he's played in, which is a huge compliment indeed.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">But even without the world's greatest player out there, it's difficult to imagine Barcelona not getting the full three points out of this trip to Scotland. The Catalans know full well what can happen in this park and will want to avoid another historic upset.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:1em">There's sure to be another dizzying atmosphere inside Celtic Park, but we have to go with Barcelona to win with our <a href="/" title="For the latest in sports odds, news, picks and predictions, visit!" target="_blank">sports pick</a> here on Tuesday.</span></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":244368, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p style="text-align:left"><strong style="font-size:1em"><span style="font-size:1em">Soccer </span></strong><b style="font-size:1em">Prediction: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Celtic 0 - Barcelona 2</span></p> <em>Share your thoughts on the Champions League on our <a target="_blank" title="Join the discussion on World Soccer at!" href="">SBRForum's soccer message boards</a>!</em>
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