After losing to Midtjylland in the Champions League second qualifying round, Celtic have dropped into the Europa League and will face Czech Republic club Jablonec on Thursday night. The Europa League third qualifying round first leg will take place at Jablonec’s Stadion Strelnice. Celtic need a big performance to prevent going winless in their opening four matches of the campaign.

Jablonec vs Celtic Match Preview

Celtic drew both matches in the Champions Leagues second qualifying round against Midtjylland. It was extra-time in the second leg that Celtic couldn’t navigate as they eventually lost the game 2-1. New manager Ange Postecoglu didn’t have a good follow up to the loss against Midtjylland as Celtic lost 2-1 to Hearts to start the Scottish Premiership season on Saturday. The Hoops are verging on a crisis, but help is on the way in the form of new goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Jablonec are two matches into their domestic season and have taken three points from six available. Like Celtic, Jablonec should have no issue with fitness going into to Thursday night’s first leg Europa League third qualifying round tie.

Each team in the tournament begins the Europa League at the third qualifying round thanks to the all-new Europa Conference League. The winners of each tie in the Europa League third qualifying round will progress to the playoffs. The losers will drop into the Europa Conference League’s playoffs.

Jablonec vs Celtic Betting Odds

Despite Celtic struggling early on this season with zero wins from four games in all competitions, they are heavy favourites according to leading sportsbooks to win the first leg versus Jablonec. The Hoops are at betting odds of 97/100 to claim a victory over the Czechs and take an advantage back to Glasgow.

Celtic are verging on a crisis and Postecoglou must rally the troops. Unfortunately, Celtic’s problems have been brewing for a long time and really began when Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City. Neil Lennon was a stop-gap that exploded last season with the Hoops failing to win the Scottish Premiership title.

Jablonec’s best betting odds to win the match on Thursday night at home are 57/20. The Czech club are coming off of a 3-0 league loss against Mlada. In two games played, Jablonec have been outscored 3-1 in the league. On paper, Celtic should claim a win away from home. Yet, Jablonec will be motivated to defeat one of Scotland’s top two sides.

If Celtic lose or draw away against Jablonec in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, the pressure will be turned up on Postecoglou.

Jablonec vs Celtic Team News

Celtic needed to address their goalkeeper position which was done on Tuesday. Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart signed from Tottenham Hotspur. The 34-year-old will likely take over the starting position from Scott Bain. Yet, Hart may not be ready to play on Thursday night after just signing his contract.

The Hoops also added James McCarthy to the team. The central midfielder was added on a free transfer after his contract with Crystal Palace expired in July. McCarthy is likely to play a big part in the team’s midfield. Like Hart, McCarthy may not be able to play in the first leg due to a lack of fitness. The latest reports claim neither Hart nor McCarthy will play. Bain should play in goal for one more European fixture.

Postecoglou has just one player on the injury list going into the first leg against Jablonec. Defender Christopher Jullien is nursing a knee injury and could miss out on the game.

Expect Jablonec deploying the team with a five-man midfield. With Celtic’s power, the Czechs will aim to slow down the Scottish team’s attack.

Jablonec vs Celtic H2H

Jablonec and Celtic have never met previously. Therefore, there is no trend to look back on between the two teams. Celtic will fancy their chances going into the first leg match in the Europa League third qualifying round. Jablonec cannot be overlooked for two reasons.

For one, Jablonec are playing at home in the Czech Republic. Secondly, Celtic are in terrible form going into the game, having failed to win three straight games to open the season. The Hoops are verging on crisis and neither of their two new signings, who will improve the squad, are not expected to play.

Jablonec vs Celtic Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 17/20 - BET NOW

All three of Celtic’s matches this season have finished with both teams scoring goals. They conceded two goals in two games against Midtjylland in the Champions League second qualifying round. Celtic then conceded twice to Hearts to start the Scottish Premiership season. Our betting tips experts believe the Hoops will score and could concede to Jablonec on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Ryan Christie to score anytime @ 13/5 - BET NOW

Celtic forward Ryan Christie bagged six goals in 34 league matches last term. He is likely to start for the team and could be the man to get a goal. Christie is yet to get on the scoresheet this season. He will have the opportunity and with Celtic in such bad form, our betting tips experts believe it could be Christie to pull them out of the muck in the Czech Republic.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 21/20 - BET NOW

Celtic are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Hearts to kick off the Scottish Premiership. It is a scoreline that could occur once more for Celtic when playing Jablonec in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round.

The Hoops are a better team and our betting tips experts expect them to win in the end. It could be a bit dicey early on as Jablonec come out of the blocks fast and furious. Jablonec are coming off of a 3-0 loss in the league. They should fail to win once more with Celtic winning with more than 2.5 goals tallied. The win could ease pressure on Postecoglou.