Celtic vs Astana
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Wednesday, 16th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Celtic Park (Glasgow).
Celtic and Astana meet against in the Champions League play-off for a second year running. It was the Scots who came on top 12 months ago.
Celtic made a solid start to the 17/18 season and are coming on the back of an unbeaten run in all competitions. Their 7 competitive matches this season saw 6 wins and a draw.
The Scottish team started their Champions League campaign from the second round of qualifiers beating Northern Irish side Linfield 6-0 on aggregate. They faced a stern test in the third round, but prevailed by a solitary away goal at Rosenborg.
On the other hand, Astana defeated Polish outfit Legia Warsaw in the third round with a 4-1 aggregate score. It was a 3-1 home win that proved vital for the Kazakh team. Meantime, it was a narrow 2-1 aggregate win in the second round against Spartaks Jurmala from Latvia.
This is Astana’s third season on the bounce at the Champions League qualifiers. They made past the hurdle on 2015/16. Last season, they lost to Celtic at the same stage and entered the Europa League group stage.
Celtic vs Astana: Head-to-head
Celtic won the corresponding home leg last season by a 2-1 margin, which send them through to the group phase following a 1-1 draw away at Astana.
Celtic vs Astana: Prediction
Without a doubt, Celtic are a force to reckon while playing in front of their home fans. Besides, they are unbeaten in 8 qualifying matches with 7 wins and a draw. This could prove too heavy on Astana, who managed just 1 win from their last 6 qualification matches on the road.
Celtic vs Astana: Bet Tips
FT – Celtic Asian Handicap -1.5 for 2.28 @ Unibet.
Over 2.5 goals for 2.00 @ Unibet.