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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Celtic should ensure a safe Champions League passage

Ludogorets and Red Star can join them in next round

Celtic and Rosenborg lock horns for the second year running
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Champions League second qualifying round 
From 5pm Wednesday 

Celtic demonstrated character and quality to come from behind and defeat Rosenborg 3-1 in Glasgow last Wednesday and they are red-hot favourites to finish the job in Trondheim, ensuring passage to the Champions League third qualifying round for the seventh successive season.

Last season the Bhoys took on Rosenborg in the third qualifying round, drawing 0-0 at Celtic Park and winning 1-0 in Norway.

This time they are in a more comfortable position thanks to a dominant first-leg performance and are no bigger than 1-12 to go through.

Brendan Rodgers's side won the shot count 20 to five last week and look the likelier winners in the return leg despite the ongoing absences of defenders Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata, who have only just returned to training following their participation at the World Cup.

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad were held to a 0-0 draw by Hungarian side Mol Vidi last Wednesday but they can show their extra quality by winning the second leg away from home.

Ludogorets should be taking a big lead with them to Hungary after bossing the first game and winning the shot count 16 to two.

They reached the Champions League group stage last season and do not look any weaker after keeping key elements of the squad together.

The Bulgarians look a level above the Hungarians - formerly known as Videoton - who scraped a 3-2 aggregate success over Luxembourg side Dudelange in the previous round.

Red Star Belgrade travel to Lithuanian side Suduva holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg and should build on their advantage.

There was a wide gap in class when the teams clashed in the Serbian capital and Red Star look tasty odds-on favourites to chalk up another win.

Recommendations
Ludogorets Razgrad
2pts 8-11 bet365
Red Star Belgrade
1pt 4-5 Coral, Ladbrokes


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