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Andy Gray exclusive: Celtic and Juventus can prove a big draw at Parkhead

by Sean Goff | February 12, 2013

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Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray  joins The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the mid-week Champions League matches.

I’m going to contradict myself a little bit here because I think the away win treble of Juventus, PSG and Borussia Dortmund [click to tweet] tomorrow night is just too good to ignore at around 14.5/1 with Paddy Power.

But no-one should underestimate Celtic as their record in European football at Parkhead is fantastic. They find something within themselves on these big games. The fans lift the players and the players respond to the fans in return.  They’ve also an impressive record against Italian opposition having won four and drawn four of the last eight matches they’ve played against Serie A opponents.

The one thing they mightn’t have this time is the element of surprise as Juve manager Antonio Conte will know all about their strengths and weaknesses as their famous 2-1 win over Barcelona hasn’t gone unnoticed by the big clubs on the continent.

The draw is never an attractive bet for punters but it appeals to me most here. I don’t expect a lot of goals tonight and I think there will be under 2.5 goals at 8/13 with Paddy Power in this match. Celtic manager Neil Lennon was in the team when the Bhoys were 4-3 winners here when the sides last met in the group stages of the 2001/02 season – but I can’t see seven goals being scored this time.

Celtic

If it is be a draw obviously Celtic would prefer a 0-0 scoreline but Juve would take an away goal with open arms.

The Italian side tends to spread the goals across the team and wouldn’t have what you’d call a real goalscorer in their ranks.  Mirko Vucinic and Allessandro Matri will probably start up-front but former Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka could also see some game time.

But you’d be as well backing Andrea Pirlo to score from a dead-ball situation – 4/1 anytime goalscorer with Paddy Power – as banking on one of the strikers to score as they are just not that prolific.

For me it will be a far more cautious game this time and I fancy the draw at 5/2 with Paddy Power.

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