AEK Athens v Celtic Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th August 2018

Celtic set for Greek tragedy?

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The tie is still in the balance at the moment after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park a week ago. That leaves Celtic in the position of now having to score out in Greece on Tuesday night to stand a chance of getting through. Will their failure to convert against the 10-man AEK Athens on home soil come back to haunt the Scottish Champions or will they be able to find the extra on the road?

AEK Athens News and Form

The Greeks can be happy with their work last week in Glasgow as they collected a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this third qualifying round in the Champions League. Considering that they were a goal down and then lost a man it the second half to a red card, they did alright. They actually produced a strong showing in shutting down Celtic’s full-on attack at speed. AEK Athens were actually really good value for their equaliser when it came before halftime as well. It helped them a lot and their confidence grew, even with the red card. Now they have the away goal and home advantage for the second leg, and that could tip the balance in their favour in the soaring temperatures of Athens. Either way, we are looking under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).

AEK Athens were in this third qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League last season and they got through the trail on that occasion. Then they knocked out Club Brugge in the playoff round as well and built on that by getting out of their group in the main draw. They finished second in their group, going unbeaten with a W1 D5 record and they held out for 0-0 draws in their two games against AC Milan. But they are not the most formidable team when it comes to wins and they are W2 D9 in their last eleven European matches as it stands. They just need a strong defensive display for a 0-0 draw to get through this one and that result has to have appeal for AEK Athens v Celtic betting tips* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).

Celtic News and Form

So Celtic had a bit of a wobble in that first leg as they ran out of energy and ran out of ideas in trying to figure out a way to break the 10-man defence that the Greeks were playing with. They are going to need to find creativity out on the road to breakthrough because they have to get on the scoresheet. Given the way the first leg went and with this likely to be played in stifling conditions out in Greece that is no given. Both teams not score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds which is one of out top AEK Athens v Celtic predictions. Just to add a bit of extra stress on top Celtic suffered a 1-0 Premiership defeat out at Hearts on the weekend. That naturally led on to questions about whether or not they have lost their fear-factor after a tricky week.

In their first road trip of the season, Celtic recorded a 3-0 win at FC Alashkert, before playing out a 0-0 draw at Rosenborg in the last qualifying round. The difference between these games was that Celtic had initially posted a positive home win in the respective first legs of those ties. So this is a different test for them as they have to score. Celtic are unbeaten in five European games but a concern about them will be the fact that they have managed just the one clean sheet in their last five games overall (conceding exactly one in each of those four matches during that sequence). Odsonne Edouard is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) for the game.

AEK Athens v Celtic Head to Head

This will be just the second fixture between the two sides, the first leg having been their first ever meeting.

AEK Athens v Celtic Betting Odds*

Celtic 8/15
AEK Athens 9/5
Draw 21/10
(Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.)

AEK Athens v Celtic Predictions

This is likely to be a tight game as Athens really dealt with Celtic well the longer that first leg went on. They will be full of confidence and are no mugs, so we are going to roll with home advantage counting and considering the AEK Athens +0.5 Asian Handicap at 5/8 odds * (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) which means a half-win if they draw or a full payout for a win.

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