Celtic vs AEK Athens – UEFA Champions League : Celtic: Celtic is definitely the best Scottish team
And they have been completely dominating the football of the country.
Since Rangers got relegated, that superiority of Celtic got more pronounced and after 2 years, with Rangers back on the Premiership, nothing has changed, and we have Celtic leading comfortably.
Last year they managed to play in the Champions League’s group stage, and their objective this year is achieving the same, having to get through this qualification stage.
Celtic started off winning on the 1st round against Alashkert by a double 3-0 victory in both legs, and then they had a rougher test against Rosenborg, but they’ve advanced comfortably.
They started off losing at home by 0-1, but they still managed to win that encounter by 3-1 and then in Norway they’ve held on to the 0-0, which ensured them qualification for this round.
In the league, they have also gotten off to a winning start, beating Livingston by 3-1 at home and the confidence is high, with the Scottish champions going through a good moment of form.
At home they are strong, and they have an absolutely fantastic support.
AEK: AEK Athens has made a great campaign last year and they’ve finally managed to break Olympiakos’ winning streak.
They have won the Greek league and it was well-deserved we have to admit.
Last year they also played on the qualification stage for the Champions League, but when they’ve faced CSKA Moscow, it was clear that they lacked experience and some maturity against an opponent that was very experienced on those surroundings.
Here AEK is looking to qualify onto the group stage, but they won’t have an easy task at all. Looking at their roster, we can assume above average quality in one or two players, but this team is worth by their collective.
The last pre-season match was against Galatasaray and they’ve won by 3-2. That was a good last test before this European duel.
Celtic vs AEK Athens – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Celtic at home, on European nights, is very strong and I believe that on this encounter they will confirm their favouritism and that they will be able to win and that way travel to Greece already at an advantage.
The Scots already had a good test against Rosenborg on the previous round, on an encounter where they even started off losing at home, but they’ve shown ability and quality to comeback on that match.
I think that AEK still aren’t ready for these encounters and I don’t see them having the enough to get a positive result on a very
complicated stadium and where the support of the home fans is very intense.
I really like these odds for Celtic and I won’t let it go unattended, since I believe they will win this match.