AEK Athens FC – Celtic FREE PICKS
AEK Athens and Celtic measured at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis, in a return match of this phase of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round), after a (1-1) draw in the first leg. Attention to the home factor, since the AEK Athens usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this match back in advantage, after the draw was by (1-1) in the first leg, so a draw may be enough to get the qualification. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches AEK Athens has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1 of the last matches.
AEK Athens comes into this game with a draw against Celtic in a first leg match of the 3rd Champions League tie: the only goal was scored by Viktor Klonaridis. Due to the goal scored away from home, the Greeks remain in a good position to advance in this competition. In this home game coach Marinos Ouzisisis must act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-2-3-1, Marko Livaja being the most offensive reference of the team. In addition, the home team must opt for a very defensive strategy, to achieve a positive result. For this return match the local coach can not count on Konstantinos Galanopoulos, due to a suspension.
The away team comes to this second leg at a disadvantage, because despite the draw in the first leg they suffered 1 goal at home. This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad. It is usually not affected by the home team, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a loss away with Hearts by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches Celtic has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Celtic come into this game with a defeat on the Midlothian grounds, 1-0, in a match for the Scottish championship. We remember that Celtic added a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this tie in the Champions League. In this away match, coach Brendan Rodgers must play with a more offensive strategy, fully exploring the opponent’s defensive weaknesses: Scott Sinclair will be responsible for creating and organizing the team’s offensive process. It is important to note the quality of the visitors in the maintenance of the possession of the ball and in the counterattack. Compper, Boyata and Morgan continue from outside due to injury.
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