Celtic vs AEK Athens
Champions League Qualifying – Third Round 1st Leg
Date: Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Celtic Park (Glasgow).
Scottish and Greek champions are going to face each other in the Champions League Qualifiers Third round.
Celtic has already played four matches in this competition and after eliminating Armenian side Alashkert, they faced Norwegian champions Rosenborg.
Although the Scandinavians are regular participants in the continental competitions, Celtic didn’t have much troubles to skip past them.
Moussa Dembele and the lads are playing pretty convincing this season and they also opened their domestic campaign with a victory over nearly promoted Livingston.
The hosts are aiming for the place in the group stage and this is going to be their toughest challenge yet.
AEK pulled a great surprise to win the title in the latest edition of Greek Super League as they finished ahead of PAOK and Olympiacos.
Although they competed in the second tier just a couple seasons ago, they managed to get back in the very top of Greek football.
This is going to be their first official match this season, which might be their disadvantage.
However Marinos Ouzounidis’ side celebrated a 3-2 victory in their latest test match against Galatasaray.
Celtic vs AEK Athens Head-to-head
AEK had the chance to play against Scottish clubs in five occasions in their history, but none of them came against Celtic. This is going to be their first head to head clash.
Celtic vs AEK Athens Prediction
As Celtic are playing the first leg match at home, they should take advantage of that fact to secure a positive result before the trip to Athens where they should expect a very hot atmosphere.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are already in the rhythm and they should be more prepared for this clash and thus we are going with a home win in this one.
Greek teams are well-known of providing tight matches and in this one we shouldn’t expect to see too many goals.
A little bit of cautious will be present from both sides which could bring us at most two goals in this one.
Celtic vs AEK Athens Betting Tips
Home win @ 4/5 (1.80)
Under 2.5 goals full-time @ 16/25 (1.64).