Rosenborg v Celtic Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 29th November 2018

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Previous Match Tips

A game of critical importance awaits Celtic this Thursday with the Scottish outfit engaged in a nail biting race to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League. Should the Bhoys better the result RB Leipzig manage against Salzburg, they will make their way into the all-important top two in Group B.

Rosenborg are not mathematically out just yet but their chances of avoiding group stage elimination are wafer thin at best. Not only do the Norwegian outfit need to win both of their final two matches by at least two goals but they also require Salzburg to win both of theirs.

Top Tips

Celtic to win @ 7/10

Under 2.5 goals @ 11/10

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Rosenborg News: Coolen keeps cards close to his chest

Rosenborg's Lerkendal Stadion
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Asked if Rosenborg may field a second-string XI for this match, manager Rini Coolen refused to say one way or the other. He said that it’s possible some players may be handed a rest on Thursday but added that he would like a name a strong line-up in both this match and Sunday’s cup final.

The Norwegian champions’ players could probably get away with not being 100% rested for the weekend as the final seems them take on Stromsgodset, the 13th best team in the Eliteserien. Coolen has a big decision to make regarding his selection especially as a near fully fit squad gives him many options to choose from.

Whilst they will be confident of beating Stromsgodset, they won’t be taking anything for granted. Given how unlikely it is they will progress in this competition, our instincts tell us that Coolen is almost certain to rest one or two players for this clash, further boosting our belief that Celtic will get the job done.

Celtic News: Bhoys have regained their spark

Celtic Park at Night

Brendan Rodgers endured a difficult start to the season but he’s had a lot more to enjoy in recent weeks. Speaking ahead of this match, the Celtic manager said his team were back to their best, playing at the sort of level people have come to expect from them. Their excellent patch of form, combined with a drop in results from former leaders Hearts, has seen them regain their usual spot at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Looking at their last nine domestic matches, eight of them have ended up with the Bhoys winning. In many cases the manner of the victory has been the most impressive aspect, as five of those wins have been by at least a three goal margin.

Positive updates on Brown and Rogic

Tom Rogic took no part in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hamilton at the weekend, kept out of the side only due to the amount of travelling he had being doing. The midfielder flew out to Australia during the international break and played a full 90 minutes in the match against South Korea. Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is wary of using players soon after such a long trip but there’s no question of the Australian intrernational not being selected on Thursday. Scott Brown’s involvement is more in question but having return to training recently, the 33-year-old stands a fighting chance of making his comeback.

Analysis: Match falls at the perfect time for Celtic

Although the Norwegian league season is over, Rosenborg have a NM Cupen final to prepare for on Sunday. Given that there is realistically no hope of them qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League, their main focus will definitely be on the weekend’s match. Coolen will surely rest some big names as a result, at least for part of this one, despite not confirming this, handing Celtic a contest less difficult than initially expected.

In-form Celtic can end awful European away record

Celtic haven’t won a Europa League game on their travels since beating Sion 3-0 in 2011. On 14 occasions they’ve tried and failed since, a record Rodgers will no doubt be aware of. There are indications that this barren patch will finally come to an end however.

Not only are the Bhoys facing a side without any points in the competition so far but a side that also has a more important clash just round the corner. Having regained much of their former swagger, Celtic can use the favourable situation to claim all three points in Norway, an outcome available at a fair 7/10.

Defensive improvements key for the Bhoys

Celtic were letting in far too many goals earlier on in the campaign but in their last six matches only once has their defence been breached. The young Filip Benkovic has impressed when called upon while left back Kieran Tierney’s fantastic performances have been attracting Premier League suitors once again. Having made such improvements at the back, Mikael Lustig is now confident that his teammates can keep Rosenborg out here, just as they did in September. It’s certainly hard to see the Norwegians getting much change out of their opponents on Thursday so under 2.5 goals offers appeal at odds of 11/10.

Recent Matches

There has been some sort of invisible power bringing these sides together over the last two seasons. This Thursday’s meeting will be the sixth time the clubs have faced each other since July 2017. Rosenborg have failed to win any of the last five so they’ll soon become sick of the sight of Celtic at this rate – assuming they aren’t already that is!

20th September 2018: Celtic 1 – 0 Rosenborg

Leigh Griffiths was the hero at Celtic Park as he came off the bench to snatch an 87th minute winner in this Europa League group opener. It was not a vintage display from the Scottish champions but they deserved credit for plugging on to the very end. Rosenborg’s effort could not be faulted but they never looked capable of stealing the points due to the ineffectiveness of their attack.

1st August 2018: Rosenborg 0 – 0 Celtic

After a 3-1 win on home soil, Celtic did enough to see the job through at the Lerkendal Stadion in August. The home team dominated the first half in Trondheim but ultimately failed to find a way past Craig Gordan and his resolute defence. Celtic improved in the second period, and Rodgers’ men held on for a goalless draw to progress to Champions League qualifying round three.

25th July 2018: Celtic 3 – 1 Rosenborg

Celtic did more than enough in their home game to put the tie to bed before the second leg in Norway. Odsonne Edouard was in inspired form for the Bhoys, netting a brace either side of Olivier Ntcham’s goal. Despite Birger Meling giving the visitors the lead and an away goal, the Hoops cruised to a comfortable 3-1 win in Glasgow.

2nd August 2017: Rosenborg 0 – 1 Celtic

A year ago, Celtic also knocked Rosenborg out of the Champions League in the qualifying rounds. After a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park, the Scottish side earned an excellent 1-0 win at the Lerkendal Stadion, with James Forrest’s 69th minute goal proving to be the difference in the tight tie.

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