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Jablonec v Celtic (Preview)

Jablonec finished 3rd in the Czech Republic league last year 5pts behind Sparta Prague in 2nd and 17pts behind Slavia Prague in 1st. They lost out in the qualifying stages of the Europa League last year to Slovakian side DAC 1904.

This was their line up for the first two league games of this season.h

Other players used in the first two games were Surzyn, Pilar, Smejkal, Houska, Holik and Cvancara.

It is worth noting that 47% of their goals last season came from 2 players. Dolezal (14) and Schranz (13) but Schranz is now with Slavia Prague.

All their players are from the Czech Republic with the exception of Povazanec who is Slovakian. Out of their predicted starting line up for Thursday the only new player for this season is Malinsky who was with Mlada Boleslav last season.

Their predicted line up opposite includes % of minutes they played last season. The average for the full team is 54%. To give a comparison the average for the Celtic team that lined up against Hearts at the weekend was 35%. For further comparison Rangers at the weekend was 57% despite playing McLaughlin, Balogun, Bassey and Sakala.

In their 2 games this season they have won at home to Banik Ostrava (1-0) and lost away to Mlada Boleslav (3-0). Pilar scored the goal in their 1-0 win.

Probabilities of Celtic winning this first leg are 48.9% with it being 23.8% for Jablonec and 27.3% for the draw.

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