Suduva vs Celtic
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23rd August 2018
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: ARVI futbolo arena (Marijampolė).
After failing to get through Champions League qualifiers, Celtic now test their luck in Europa League. Stand in their way to group stage is Lithuanian club Suduva, a team that started their own journey in Champions League first round.
Suduva caught everyone’s attention when the knocked out APOEL Nicosia from Champions League first round. However, they lost journey was cut short with imminent back-to-back defeats to Red Star Belgrade in the next round.
Since, the Lithuanians bagged a narrow 1-0 win in the Baltic derby against Latvian outfit Spartaks Jurmala.
Celtic started well in this season’s Champions League by defeating Armenian giants Alashkert with back-to-back 3-0 wins. They were in top of their game against Norwegian heavy weights Rosenborg in the next round and bagged a 3-1 win.
However, missed chances at home was to rue for the narrow 3-2 aggregate defeat to Greek club AEK Athens in the third round. This means they will be without Champions League group stage football for the first time in three years.
Suduva vs Celtic Head-to-head
Celtic registered one of their biggest wins in Europe when they met Suduva in their only previous h2h meeting back in 2002.
It was in UEFA Cup first round that started with an 8-1 home win and reverse in Lithuania saw 2-0 win to wrap the tie 10-1 on aggregate.
Suduva vs Celtic Prediction
Suduva faded out since their surprise win at home against APOEL. The team managed 1 win and 1 draw from the 5 matches since and lost 3.
Celtic are a good enough team and has the potential to blow away opponents. It is true that they haven’t won a Europa League away game since 2003. However, their performance in three road games in Europe this season is encouraging enough to back them for a win here.
Suduva vs Celtic Betting Tips
HT/FT – Celtic/Celtic @ 11/10 (2.10)
Over 2.5 match goals @ 8/7 (2.15).