class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Hoops starting to look sharp in front of goal, Al Hain-Cole expects an entertaining Europa League clash when Rada's men visit Celtic Park
Celtic will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence when they welcome Jablonec to Glasgow for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.
After failing to win any of his first four matches in charge, Ange Postecoglou oversaw a 4-2 first-leg victory in the Czech Republic before seeing his side thrash Dundee 6-0 at the weekend.
Celtic vs Jablonec latest odds
In high spirits, Celtic are now clear 4/11 (1.36) favourites with bet365 to maintain the feelgood factor by making it three wins in a row.
Jablonec have gone three matches without a win after drawing 2-2 with Bohemians at the weekend and are 6/1 (7.00) outsiders to come out on top at Parkhead, or priced at 15/4 (4.75) to earn a draw.
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Celtic vs Jablonec team news
New signing James McCarthy will be hoping to make his debut after joining from Crystal Palace last week, although Leigh Griffiths and Christopher Jullien are both ruled out due to injury.
Petr Rada is likely to stick with the same line-up as took to the field in the home leg, with Vaclav Pilar the danger man after scoring in three of his last four appearances.
Celtic vs Jablonec preview
Having arrived in Scotland with a reputation for attacking football, Postecoglou will have been frustrated with his side’s lack of cutting edge in the first few games – scoring just three times in three competitive matches.
However, the Hoops certainly seem to have slipped into gear over the last couple of fixtures, scoring 10 goals in two games and seeing new signing Kyogo Furuhashi hit the net four times.
They will be confident of extending that streak against Jablonec, who have conceded nine times in their last three matches and will need to push forwards in an attempt to get back into the tie on Thursday.
Celtic vs Jablonec tips & predictions
Considering Celtic have been less than solid at the back themselves and looked fairly shaky at times in the first leg, odds of 5/4 (2.25) look well worth backing on them ensuring over 3.5 goals for a third game in a row – as well as an eighth consecutive Europa League fixture.