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Celtic and Liverpool fancied to make the Champions League groups

| 04.08.2017

Celtic face another tough test against Astana while Liverpool will meet Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round.

However, our odds-compilers still fancy their respective chances with both sides big favourites to qualify for the group stage.

The Ladbrokes Premiership champions are just 1/3 to progress while it’s 4/9 they win the first-leg at Parkhead with 10/3 for the draw and 5/1 about the visitors.

Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops overcame their Kazakh counterparts 3-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last season and are available at skinny odds for a repeat outcome.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds face an arguably tougher assignment in the shape of Bundesliga entertainers, Hoffenheim.

The five-time European Cup winners are priced at 11/8 to bag a first-leg win in Germany with 9/4 for the draw and 9/5 for Julian Nagelsmann’s outfit to secure victory.

Liverpool are just 1/3 to make the groups though with Die Kraichgauer the 11/5 underdogs.

Here’s the draw in full…

Champions League play-off round draw:

Qarabag v FC Copenhagen

APOEL Nicosia v Slavia Prague

Olympiacos v Rijeka

Celtic v Astana

Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Maribor

Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla

Young Boys v CSKA Moscow

Napoli v Nice

Hoffenheim v Liverpool

Sporting v Steaua Bucharest

Ties to be played on Tuesday 15 August/Wednesday 16 August and Tuesday 22 August/Wednesday 23 August.

Click here for the latest Champions League odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.