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Celtic vs FC Salzburg

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Celtic Park

Date: 13th December 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Celtic continued their clean sweep of domestic trophies under Brendan Rodgers as they beat Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final a couple of weeks ago.

However, the race for the league title looks closer than in previous years this time around with Steven Gerard’s Rangers and two other teams just within 3 points of the Bhoys at the top of the league table.

Celtic started their European campaign poorly after failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages.

They are 3 points clear in 2nd place in this group and need just a point to secure qualification to the next round, but they have their work cut out as they are facing a Salzburg side that has won all of their matches in this competition so far.

Salzburg have become one of the most consistent teams in this competition in recent seasons.

They reached the semifinals last season and have kept that momentum going coming into this campaign.

Having missed out on a place in the Champions League group stages to Red Star, they have won all 5 of their 5 games in the Europa League this season and they will be looking to keep their perfect record when they visit Celtic Park here.

This is one of the most competitive betting markets of the week as Celtic are clinging onto favouritism at present.  Salzburg are priced up within a 1/4 of a point and a rush of money could see them go off as favourites.

Munas Dabbur and Odsonne Edouard are joint favourites to score the first goal.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Celtic

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen 2 Dec, 2018 Scottish League Cup
W Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic 29 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W Hamilton Academical 0-3 Celtic 24 Nov, 2018 Scottish Premiership
D Livingston 0-0 Celtic 11 Nov, 2018 Scottish Premiership
W Celtic 2-1 RB Leipzig 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League

FC Salzburg

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W FC Salzburg 1-0 SC Rheindorf Altach 2 Dec, 2018 Austrian Bundesliga
W FC Salzburg 1-0 RB Leipzig 29 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W TSV Hartberg 0-4 FC Salzburg 24 Nov, 2018 Austrian Bundesliga
W Austria Vienna 0-2 FC Salzburg 11 Nov, 2018 Austrian Bundesliga
W Rosenborg 2-5 FC Salzburg 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
FC Salzburg 3-1 Celtic 4 Oct, 2018 UEFA Europa League
Celtic 1-3 SV Salzburg 27 Nov, 2014 UEFA Europa League
SV Salzburg 2-2 Celtic 18 Sep, 2014 UEFA Europa League

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