Place: Scotland. Glasgow. CelticPark.
Date: on the 08th of August, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 18:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League. 3rd qualification round. 1st matches.
Celtic (the head coach Brendan Rodgers)
One of six real challengers for berths into autumn group stage of club championship of Europe is the Scottish Celtic. However, because of the low position of the national association in the general rating of UEFA, Celtic unlike, for example, from the Dutch PSV or the Austrian Salzburg, had to begin current qualification campaign from the very first round.
And if obviously weak Armenian Alashkert – 6:0 (3:0 and 3:0) was the first opponent of Celtic, then in the second round Celts had to work harder. The champion of Norway Rosenborg became the next rival of the Scottish grandee. And already in the first half of the home game on the Celtic Park the team of Brendan Rogers was in the status of a catching up team (0:1). However then, Odsonne Édouard (twice) and Jules Ntcham have three times hit the gate of the Kings of Trondheim (3:1). And already during the return game in the country of fjords Celtic has played on keeping the zero result (0:0).
AEK (the head coach Marinos Ouzounidis)
In the previous tournament of the national Superleague of Greece the capital club has managed to break a long-term champion series of Olympiacos. Moreover, undefeatable earlier Piraeus club has taken only the third position, having let even PAOK pass, and thus, was left without a berth into the Champions League:
AEK – 70, PAOK – 64, Olympiacos – 57, Atromitos – 56, Asteras – 45…
Unexpected falling down of the national grandee is explained by improbable coach’s leapfrog which is constantly arranged by the bosses of the club. And if for the last eight years in Olympiacos there were seventeen job swaps, then six of them have happened during the season 2017/2018. Of course, under such frequent change of coaching staff even the superstar team can’t steadily show victorious results. Therefore, to tell the truth, the current participation of really mid level clubs AEK and PAOK in the main tournament of UEFA is connected with fantastic falling down of Olympiacos …
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Celtic vs. AEK
Quite obvious favorite of the forthcoming match are the hosts of Celtic Park. The new championship of Greece starts only on the 25th of August. Therefore today AEK is deprived of game practice. And if to compare the previous and present rivals of the team of Brendan Rogers, then right now the Norwegian Rosenborg is much stronger than the team of Marinos Ouzounidis. Undoubtedly, here the opinion of experts is clear: Celtic – 1.75, AEK – 4.98.
The first match will take place on the home arena of Celts and therefore Brendan Rogers’s team will fight for the victory. Two other options of the outcome of this meeting aren’t even considered by the coaching staff of the Celtic Park. But, taking into consideration incredibly high quotation, there is now no need to twist on the odds of the favorite.