Anderlecht were always expected to lose their Champions League opener when they made the trip over to Germany to face Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, but they put in a reasonably good display despite all the odds being stacked against them.
Things threatened to take a major turn for the worse early on as Anderlecht midfielder Sven Kums was dispatched just 11 minutes into the games, with Robert Lewandowski’s resulting penalty duly converted. However, they defended well for much of the game and only ended up losing 3-0, which is a pretty good result with ten men at the Allianz Arena.
Celtic can’t boast such a good result. They hosted PSG in their round one fixture, and were hoping the hostile atmosphere of Celtic Park would be enough to subdue their big spending visitors. It wasn’t to be though, and after Neymar opened the scoring 19 minutes into the game the floodgates opened and the Scottish champions found themselves completely overwhelmed, losing 5-0 in the end.
It’s clear that Anderlecht put in the better performance of the two sides in their opening game, and they will be hoping to convert this into points when they play by far the most winnable of their six group game fixtures on Wednesday.
Celtic may rule Scottish football with an iron fist, but they struggle massively when they come up against teams in Europe. They have actually lost five of their last ten Champions League away days, and that includes qualifying trips to the likes of Malmo, Lincoln Red Imps, Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Astana.
Anderlecht are by no means the best side in Europe, but they have won five of their last six competitive home games and will feel they have the beating of Celtic, and at odds of 21/20 I’d suggest we’re getting a lot of value. We’re backing that alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions at 15/2.