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Final spurt to get into the Europa League group stage! This week the playoff games for participation in the group games take place. As in the previous rounds, the participants will be determined in just one duel. A slight advantage for the teams to which the home right was drawn.
We take a look at the duel between the Bosnian master from Sarajevo and the “Bhoys” from Glasgow. Both teams look back on a successful streak of victories, but one will end this Thursday.
Both teams competed in the qualification for the Champions League, but had to give up in the quarter-finals. Now the last chance should be used to remain in international competition.
The distribution of roles in the game seems clear. The bookmakers make a clear forecast in favor of the guests in the game between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow with their odds.
Successful title defense! Last season, FK Sarajevo managed to successfully defend the championship title they had won last year. The Bosnians won the national championship for the fifth time in the relatively young Premijer Liga.
The reward for this achievement was participation in the Champions League qualification. Here, however, came out in the quarterfinals. At Dinamo Brest, head coach Vinko Marinovic’s team lost 2-1 and is now trying their luck in the Europa League.
In the last round, the Bordeaux-Red-Whites prevailed against Buducnost from Montenegro 2-1 and survived the last quarter of an hour without conceding a goal. Now it’s up to the big favorites from Scotland to participate in the lucrative group stage.
In the domestic league, the FK is already back on the course to defend their title. After eight games, the Balkan club already has 20 points on the credit side and is thus at the top of the table of the Premjier League in Bosnia. The lead over Banja Luca is two points, but Sarajevo is allowed to play one more game.
The Marinovic-Elf can look back on a proud winning streak of five triumphs in a row. Across the seasons, the hosts in the Bosnian championship have been unbeaten for twelve games. The bankruptcy against Brest was only loss number 1 in 2020!
The top scorer is left winger Benjamin Tatar with six goals. Halid Sabanovic and Hrvoje Milicevic will most likely miss Thursday’s duel due to injury.
Celtic Glasgow is still one of the great figureheads of Scottish football, even if the great international successes were some time ago. The Bhoys have now won the national championship a total of 51 times and are on the heels of the record champions Glasgow Rangers. The last nine titles all went to the green-whites.
This year, too, things are going well at Celtic. After eight games, the Scots already have 22 points and are only in second place due to one game still to be played. The green-whites are currently one point behind their big city rivals Glasgow Rangers.
So far this season, head coach Neil Lennon’s team has only suffered one defeat. In the Champions League qualification, the Bhoys had to accept a bitter 1: 2 defeat against Ferencvaros. But now at least participation in the Europa League group stage should be secured.
If it goes according to the bookmakers’ assessments, the chances are very good. The dress rehearsal on Sunday was a success. Against one of the toughest pursuits in the league – Hibernian FC – the green-whites clearly prevailed 3-0.
The Swiss Albian Ajeti, who was signed by Westham United in the summer, currently shows why those responsible signed him. With five goals scored, he is the club’s top scorer. Forrest, Johnston and Jullien will most likely be absent on Thursday due to injuries.
FK Sarajevo (Bih) vs Celtic (Sco) head to head matches
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