class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Looking shaky at the back under Postecoglou, Al Hain-Cole expects the Hoops to ensure plenty of goals once again when they take on Rada's team
Celtic will be desperate for a morale-boosting victory when they travel to the Stadion Strelnice to take on Jablonec in Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.
Ange Postecoglou has endured a difficult start to life at Celtic Park, overseeing Champions League elimination to Midtjylland and a defeat to Hearts in his opening SPL clash.
Jablonec vs Celtic latest odds
However, Celtic can be backed at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365 to finally get up and running this season with an important victory in the Czech Republic.
Jablonec have only made it past the qualification rounds of this competition once in nine previous attempts but are available at 14/5 (3.80) to put one foot in the next stage with a victory, or 13/5 (3.60) to grind out a draw.
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Veteran 39-year-old captain Tomas Hubschman is likely to settle for a place on the bench, while Martin Dolezal is the danger man in attack for the home team.
New signings Joe Hart and James McCarthy will hope to be involved after joining this week and Nir Bitton is available once again following suspension, although Christopher Jullien is injured and Leigh Griffiths doubtful.
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While Bitton’s return and Hart’s arrival will bring some extra experience to the backline, defensive performances so far this season have left a lot to be desired regardless of the names on the team sheet.
Having kept just one clean sheet in four pre-season friendlies – including a chastening 6-2 defeat to West Ham – the Hoops saw their Champions League aspirations derailed by two sloppy performances against Midtjylland and looked shaky against Hearts at the weekend.
This does not bode well for the trip to face a Jablonec side that only failed to find the net in two of their 19 home games last season, averaging exactly two goals per league game in their own backyard.
Jablonec vs Celtic predictions
Nevertheless, Celtic will at least back themselves to maintain their streak of scoring in all of their competitive matches under their new boss, making odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem like a decent bet on both teams getting on target in another free-scoring Europa League encounter.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.