Celtic travel to Spain to take on Betis in the Europa League this Thursday evening.
The Bhoys are in good form heading into this, having won seven of their last 10 competitive games.
They have lost two of their last three, but the last game was a 3-0 win over Ross County. That will have boosted their confidence heading into this game.
Celtic have also already played six competitive matches in Europe this season. After being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Midtylland, they dropped into the Europa League.
They faced Czech side Jablonec first of all, winning the first leg 4-2. They then won the return leg at Celtic Park 3-0 to send them through to the qualifying finals.
Next up was Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for a place in the Europa League this season. Celtic were the hosts for the first leg, and took full advantage by winning 2-0.
Despite losing the second leg 2-1, they comfortably qualified with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline. Now their Europa League campaign begins properly in Spain.
Having finished sixth in La Liga last season, Betis automatically qualified for the group stages. That means their season started a lot later than Celtic’s did.
Out of their four competitive matches so far this season, Betis have only won once. That run includes two draws and a defeat.
It’s the draws that will be most disappointing to Betis fans, failing to beat Cadiz and Mallorca. Their loss came at the hands of Real Madrid, so it was expected.
Below, we’ll preview this Europa League fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…
Betis vs Celtic Predictions
The home side have had a disappointing start to their domestic campaign. They’ll be hoping that this competition can provide a welcome distraction for them.
They had to come back from behind to grind out a 1-1 draw against Mallorca in their league opener. The equaliser wasn’t even scored by a Betis player, as it was awarded as an own goal for Manolo Reina.
Next up was Cadiz in their first home game of the season. However they again found themselves falling behind. They did equalise, but failed to take advantage of their dominance in the game.
Betis then faced a visit from last season’s La Liga runners up Real Madrid. In a tight game, a second half goal from Dani Carvajal secured the three points for Real.
Their final game ahead of this clash came against Granada on Monday. Goals from Rodri and Sergio Canales sealed a much needed 2-1 win. That will have provided a timely confidence boost ahead of this game.
August was a very good month for Celtic, as they went on a six-game winning streak. During that time, they scored a whopping 24 goals, an average of six goals per game!
Unfortunately for Ange Postecoglou’s side, Celtic lost their two games prior to the international break. The first was the 2-1 loss to Alkmaar in the second leg of the qualifying final for this competition.
Their last game before the break was a stinging 1-0 defeat to bitter rivals Rangers at Ibrox. They bounced back with a 3-0 win on the weekend though and will be confident heading into this game.
Read on for our Betis vs Celtic predictions and best bets.
Betis vs Celtic Head to Head
This is the first time these two clubs have ever faced each other. That means we don’t have any head to head records to indicate how this game could go.
Betis are in the group stages of the Europa League for the first time since the 2018/19 season. That year saw the Spanish side reach the last 32.
Drawn alongside Olympiakos, AC Milan and Dudelange, Betis actually topped the group to progress to the knockouts. The first round was where their journey ended however, at the hands of Rennes.
This will be Celtic’s 11th consecutive season in either the Champions League or Europa League proper. Last season was not one to remember for the Bhoys though.
Drawn alongside Sparta Prague, AC Milan and Lille, Celtic finished bottom of the group and were eliminated. Having accumulated just a single win, it was to be the beginning of the end of Neil Lennon’s tenure at the club.
It’s fair to say both sides will be looking for a decent run in this competition. It’s set to be a fascinating first encounter in Seville on Thursday.
Betis Team News – W D D W L
Rui Silva has played every minute of Betis’ season so far. Manuel Pellegrini is expected to select the Portuguese stopper to start here too.
Hector Bellerin and Alex Moreno both returned from injury to play 90 minutes in Monday’s win over Granada. It may be too soon for them to both play another full 90 minutes, but they are expected to start at least.
William Carvalho has been used sparingly so far this season. He’s likely to be on the bench for this game. Sergio Canales is expected to take his place in midfield.
Nabil Fekir is also expected to start in midfield alongside former Barcelona forward Christian Tello. The 30 year old is now deployed more as an attacking winger than a forward these days.
Juanmi was rested for the league game on Monday night. Having played every other game so far, he’s expected to start here.
Celtic Team News – W L L W W
Joe Hart has fully established himself as the Celtic number one since his arrival in Glasgow. Our Betis v Celtic predictions expect Hart to start this game in goal.
He will have Starfelt and Carter-Vickers ahead of him in the centre of defence. Greg Taylor and Josip Juranovic are expected to occupy the full back positions.
Postecoglou is expected to go with a midfield trio of Callum McGregor, David Turnbull and Tom Rogic. All three played in Celtic’s weekend win over Ross County.
Summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi is out injured for this one. Having sold Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace, Albian Ajeti is Celtic’s main striker.
He’s expected to be flanked by Portuguese forward Jota and Liel Abada. James Forrest is another one on the treatment table for the away side and will miss this game.
Betis vs Celtic Betting Tips
Despite not having the best start to their domestic campaign, Betis are the favourites to win this game. The traders have them at 8/11 to win in our Betis v Celtic match bets.
Betis have drawn 50% of their games so far this season. The draw can be backed at 11/4 if you think this game will end all square.
Even though they’ve had many more competitive games this season, Celtic are the 10/3 outsiders to win this.
Having only won one of their three away games in Europe this season, Celtic’s odds make sense. It could represent significant value if you think the Glasgow club can win the game though.