Ahead of Thursday evening’s crunch Europa League clash with Udinese, Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has spoken of his belief that the Bhoys can still qualify for the next round as Bet365 announce a free bet offer for betting on any of tonight’s Europa League games.
Neil Lennon’s men must win at Udinese to progress, something which will be extremely tough considering they have never won in Italy. The hosts are in excellent form domestically too sitting second in Serie A as things stand.
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Forster – who saved a penalty against Hearts at the weekend – believes that Celtic are more than capable of coming away from Italy with the three points though.
The former Norwich City loanee said: “We have to win out in Udinese which, if we play the way we can, is possible. We’ve been delighted with how we’ve played in what is really a Champions League-quality group.”
“Records are there to be broken, we’ve just got to go and play the way we can.”
Celtic are in good spirits at the moment of course – they have won their last six Scottish Premier League games – and even though Thursday night presents a much tougher challenge, they will be pleased to go into such a big game in decent form.
When Udinese and Celtic met in Scotland earlier in this Europa League campaign, it ended in a 1-1 draw. The Bhoys went ahead through Ki Sung-Yueng penalty in the second minute, before Almen Abdi equalised from the spot three minutes from the end.
This was a closely fought contest and it is expected to be so again on Thursday evening. Udiense are the favourites on home soil, but Celtic – who know they have to win to progress – will look to cause the Italian defence plenty of problems.
The home side are bound to be nervous too with the massive expectations on their shoulders, so perhaps Celtic can take advantage of this.
Looking at the team news for Lennon’s men, Kelvin Wilson could return to the squad after three months out, while Glenn Loovens is unavailable due to a hamstring injury.
The action in Italy gets underway at 8.05pm on Thursday evening.