You’d be hard pushed to find too many Celtic fans who don’t think we’ll do the business against Copenhagen tonight.
And it seems like that goes for journalists too, judging by the predictions released from the Scottish Sun’s sportsdesk.
The newspaper released their writer’s predictions early on Thursday, and all ten of those canvassed are tipping Neil Lennon’s men to win on the night.
Predictions ranged from 3-0 to 2-1, while 3-1 was the most common score.
Whatever the case, it seems not too many people are predicting Stale Solbakken’s side to get the win or high scoring draw that would see them through in Glasgow.
1-1 can be a very strange scoreline
But we should always urge caution. On the face of it, a first leg 1-1 away from home is a good result.
However, we’ve experienced that it can have its pitfalls in recent years.
Its success all hinges on keeping a clean sheet at home. Once that doesn’t happen, things can get a little bit nervy.
Cluj earlier this season is the obvious example. But well versed fans may also be able to cite the likes of Astana in 2016 and Maribor a couple of years earlier – as evenings that got very messy.
It’s a dangerous scoreline because you’re only one goal from elimination. But also scoring doesn’t really change the mindset of the opposition. They need to net regardless.
So if we do manage to get an early goal this evening, touch wood, just remember that not much will have changed for the Danes.
The most crucial goals are likely to come later in the match.