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Celtic v Astana UEFA Champions League Predictions & Betting Odds – 16th August 2017

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It’s another meeting between these two after a dramatic third qualifying round duel between them last season in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Celtic won that thanks to a 90th minute penalty in the second leg, so it was drama right down to the wire. So Astana will be out looking for a bit of revenge as the Kazakhstan side will look to dig in at Celtic Park.

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Celtic v Astana Betting Tips

So just twelve months on and these two clubs have to go at it against in UEFA Champions League qualifying. They were together in the third qualifying round last season and it was Celtic who triumphed on their way to reaching the group stage. The Scottish Champions finished bottom of their group once they had gotten there but now face up against the Kazakhstan side again. Things are tense between these two last season and after a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan, Celtic won the return leg 2-1 at Celtic Park, thanks to Moussa Dembele’s 90th minute penalty. This time around Celtic start the tie at home and will be looking to build a comfortable cushion for themselves. In the anytime goalscorer market, while Dembele is on the sidelines, there is value at 4/5 with bet365 on Leigh Griffiths as he scored in both games against Astana last season. Celtic are already in solid winning form and they have lost only two home games across all competitions since back in December 2015.

So Celtic are two for two in UEFA ties against Kazakhstan sides, having also beaten Shakhter Karagandy in the 2013/14 play offs. Celtic started in the second qualifying round of this season’s UEFA Champions League and have gone W3 D1 and have yet to concede a goal so far and Celtic to win to nil at bet365 returns a good price of 21/20. Celtic’s record in six UEFA Champions League play-offs is W3 L3 and they are looking to get into the Group Stage for the tenth time. They beat Hapoel 5-4 on aggregate at this stage last season and they have won only one of their last five European home games actually (D2 L2). They have a good positive as well in that they have lost only one of their last seven games in Europe (W3 D3). In the bet365 correct score market, a Celtic 1-0 is a 5/1 option with the 2-0 at 11/2.

Astana hung on to pull out a 3-2 aggregate win over Legia Warsaw in the last qualifying round which suggests that they are far from watertight at the back. They lost the away game 1-0 in that tie incidentally. This is just their third campaign in the UEFA Champions League and this then is the first time that they have been as far as the play off round. After their loss to Celtic in qualifying last season, they went into the Europa League and came bottom of their group. Their 1-0 victory at FK Spartaks Jūrmala in the second qualifying round first leg this season was Astana’s first away win in the UEFA Champions League at the ninth attempt; their previous record was D4 L4. That snapped a run of 13 winless European away games for the Club (D5 L8). So they really shouldn’t be too big of a threat to Celtic in this one.

Celtic v Astana Betting Odds

Celtic 2/5, Draw 15/4, Astana 6/1

Celtic v Astana Predictions

Celtic to win: It has been a good opening start to the new season from the Scottish Championship and you would imagine that they will make lighter work of Astana at Celtic Park than they did the last time the two met there. A Celtic 2-0 victory looks around the right mark for this one.

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