AEK Athens vs Celtic FC
UEFA Champions League Qualifier Third Round 2nd Leg
Date: Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK
Celtic squandered a lot of chances in the first leg at their home turf and they put themselves in a difficult position for the second leg in Athens when the game restart at 1-1 all square.
AEK were playing their first competitive game of the season at Glasgow last week and they will be happy to go home undefeated. Moreover, they managed to score an away goal and increase their chances of going through in this tie.
Marinos Ouzounidis’ side has been pretty tight in the pre-season cashes and they managed to put another good defensive display against Celtic.
After several seasons when they had severe troubles which costed them the place in the domestic top flight, home side managed to lift the most valuable domestic trophy ahead of PAOK and Olympiakos.
Celtic didn’t meet the expectations in the first leg match as they failed to secure a home advantage before the trip to Athens. They’ll face a very hard task in front of not so much hostile crowd.
Lack of strong challenges in the Premiership could have a negative effect in this one as AEK are very disciplined team.
The visitors were better than Alashkert and Rosenborg so far, while they suffered a defeat away to Hearts in the latest round of the national championship. That defeat was somehow expected as Celtic have been fully focused on the upcoming clash.
AEK vs Celtic: Head-to-head
Their Wednesday’s encounter was the first one between these two s ides and AEK managed to snatch a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park. We’ll see if the Scottish champion will provide adequate response in this challenge.
AEK vs Celtic: Prediction
Very tight clash is expected in Athens and the hosts might have a slight advantage since a frenetic support should drive them forward. However, they lack experience in the matches like this one and it wouldn’t be surprising if it finishes with a draw.
Celtic need to go out with an attacking mentality from the very beginning of the match as they don’t have time to waste. That will provide the opportunity for the hosts to explore any mistake in the middle of the part and in this one we might see both sides scoring at least once.
AEK vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Draw @ 21/10 (3.10)
BTTS Yes @ 11/10 (2.10).