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Celtic vs AEK Athens FC Prediction & Betting tips
The Scottish draw starts slightly as a favorite for betting houses due to the local factor and above all due to its greater hierarchy between lines. For that reason and even when the Greeks are tactical and complicated to overcome, we believe that the Brendan Rodgers boys have what it takes to score one or more goals and win the game. On this occasion, we shield ourselves with this bet, since it allows us to win it if the “verdiblanca” squad wins the first half or if the second wins after an unexpected setback in the first 45 ‘minutes of play.
The Scots came to this match after debuting in their domestic league last Saturday (triumph 3-1 against Livingston after winning 2-0 in the first half). Now his goal is to overcome this key and return to the group stage of the Champions League. For this match, coach Brendan Rodgers is expected to maintain the 4-3-3 system he used throughout the preseason, and it is vital that the Ntcham, McGregor and Brown flyers appear. If they play well, forwards Forrest, Edouard, Sinclair and Dembélé will be close to the goal. In matters of friendlies, the squad disputed few since it played quickly in the European contest. The results of these preparation matches were the following: Triumph 0-1 against Vorwarts Steyr, fall 1-0 against Bohemians 1905, victory 1-0 against Sparta Prague, triumph 0-7 against Shamrock Rovers and victory 4-1 against Standard Liège If we analyze these markers, we can conclude that the team took a long time to adapt to the football, achieving a new proposal in official duels.
If we analyze the performance of Celtic in the previous phases of the Champions, we can conclude that the team was compact and effective between the lines. Therefore, we should not be surprised if he eliminated Alashkert from Armenia and Rosenborg from Norway. (wins 0-3 and 3-0 in the first key, win 3-1 and tie 0-0 in the second). A detail to consider of this presentation is the defensive solidity that should show the team of Rodgers, since a goal of the visit could complicate a lot the scoring chances of the Scots. A 2-0 would be a good marker to visit Athens.
After winning the Greek league in the 2017-2018 season, AEK will seek to continue making history and qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. Of course, the team has played very few friendlies of preparation, missing the football rhythm for this presentation. The results of these games were the following: Draw 0-0 against AEK Larnaca, equality 0-0 against Atromitos and victory 3-2 against Galatasaray. If we analyze these markers we can conclude that the team had problems to score against rivals from their own country, opening the bow before an opponent with another football proposal. The merit of this match was having won after losing 0-1 partially.
Continuing with the analysis, you should know that AEK started this campaign without the presence of the technician Manolo Jiménez, who signed for Las Palmas de España (economic disagreements at the time of renewal). In his place came Marinos Ouzounidis, coach who has the complicated mission of revalidating what was done in the previous season (local title after 24 years without being able to do so). Another important absence in the squad will be the Argentine Sergio Araujo, who also returned to the Spanish team. For this outing to Scotland will be important the contribution of experienced goalscorer Livaja, who scored in the friendlies of preparation. (8 converted in the last Greek league).
There are no previous clashes between Scots and Greeks, this being the first game they will play in their history.