Here is our soccer prediction with review for 08.08.2018.
Celtic hosts AEK Athens in the first match between the two teams in the third Preliminary Round of the Champions League. The match will be held at Celtic Park stadium tonight at 21:45.
Celtic began their Scottish championship win over Livingston (3:1) at the weekend, but their summer focus will be entirely in the Champions League. Brendan Rogers has demonstrated a Celtic Park sequence throughout his two years at the club, and this is evident from the two league clovers in the Champions League. Rogers led Celtic forward in Europe, directing them to the group stage last season, and then Celtic finished third in the group. They strive to prove themselves in Europe after being firmly at the top of the Scottish Championship in the last 5 years, so the Champions League is where they can be tested more seriously.
This season, Celtic has begun to play in the tournament since the first round, as he was not expected to have encountered difficulties against Armenia champion Alashkert. Brendan Rogers’s team eliminated this rival with a 6:0 overall result after two wins by 3:0. The next test for the “green-whites” was harder – the Norwegian champion Rosenborg. Celtic was lagging behind in the first game but made a complete turn at home to win by 3:1. On the offside, goals did not fall and thus the “clovers” qualified for the third round of the Champions League.
AEK team has the privilege to start their participation in the Championship at this stage of the tournament, but they have no official match since the end of last season when they lost the Greek Cup final against PAOK with 0-2. In the summer, AEK played four controls, recording one victory, two draws and one defeat. At the end of last month, the “yellow and black” defeated Galatasaray 3: 2 for his only success in the controls before the start of the official season.
– Celtic won three of his last four matches in all tournaments
– Celtic scored at least three goals in four of his last five matches in all the tournaments
– AEK Athens has scored at least one goal in six of its last nine matches in all tournaments
– The guests won 43% of their points on a foreign field last season
News around the squad
22-year-old striker Musa Dembele missed both matches in the last round, but is expected to return to a squad against AEK. Host coach Brendan Rogers has no other problems around the squad and will be able to rely on the best for this important match against the Greek champion of the season 2017/18.
Host coach Marinos Ouzanidis has no problems in the composition before the visit to Glasgow. Belgian striker Victor Clonaridis will seek to find Celtic Park’s network and will most likely start as a champion. In the defense of AEK, the names of Andre Simoes and Michalis Bakakis, who are key players in the defense of the Greek champion, will certainly be among the starting 11 in the upcoming match.
Soccer prediction for Celtic – AEK
AEK last season was eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Champions League with two losses from Russian CSKA Moscow. Celtic’s team is a proven team in the qualifying stages of the most prestigious club tournament on the Old Continent and we think it’s a favorite to win the game, as do the bookmakers. “Clovers” are very successful in the Champions League under the direction of Brendan Rogers and we expect to record home success in the upcoming game.
Prediction : Celtic -0.5
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