Celtic went into the winter break on the back of a hugely disappointing defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers, however their response has been tremendous with Brendan Rodgers’ men winning each of their subsequent seven outings with 21 goals scored and none conceded along the way. Indeed St Johnstone were on the receiving end of three hammerings by the Hoops during this sequence with two 2-0 league defeats and a 5-0 thumping in the Scottish Cup last weekend. Celtic have been hugely impressive during this run but the real test of their capabilities will come on Thursday evening when they entertain a Valencia outfit which have suffered just a single defeat in their last eight matches across all competitions and who have drawn and won against Manchester United in the Champions League group stages this term. Can the Hoops make it eight successive wins this week by pulling off an unlikely victory? Unlikely we think!
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Brendan Rodgers’ men have been red-hot in front of their home fans this season with wins in each of their thirteen outings at Parkhead and the partisan Celtic crowd can really act like a twelfth man when at their noisiest, especially on big European nights like this. Nevertheless the Hoops faltered against AEK Athens at this venue in the Champions League and Red Bull Salzburg went home with three points in the bag in the Europa League group stages, therefore visitors Valencia certainly have little to fear this week. The visitors don’t enjoy the best away form of late but they have suffered just three La Liga defeats away from home this term and took four points off Manchester United in Europe’s premier competition, therefore we believe that they will travel home with the win in the bag on Thursday evening, Coral Bookmakers going 11/10 on Valencia to win.