Prediction for FC Astana (Kaz) – Celtic (Sco)
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Astana and Celtic measure their strength at Astana Arena in a return leg for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Play-offs) after Celtic’s (5-0) home win in the first leg. The history of recent direct clashes is favorable to the visiting team, which has 2 wins and 1 draw in the last 3 games. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since Celtic presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
FC Astana (Kaz) :
After the defeat in the first leg, the home team arrives at this disadvantaged away game as they need to recover 5 handicap goals and have not scored any goals away in the previous game. This is a team that has similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; Against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. In the last 10 matches at home for all competitions, Astana won 8 and tied for 2. His defense has not been very solid, having conceded goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Astana starts for this game after a heavy defeat at home to Celtic, 5-0, meaning it has an almost impossible mission in this return match of the Champions League play-offs. In this game at home coach Stanimir Stoilov should act in the likeness of the last game, that is, 4-4-2, privileging the defensive organization and the long direct passes for the attack. Junior Kabananga is the most dangerous player of this team, being a very powerful player and strong in the conduction of the ball towards the attack. Everything indicates that there are no important absences to register in this game.
The visiting team reaches this match back with a 5-goal lead, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. This is a team that curiously tends to win more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 games has recorded 12 wins and 3 draws as a visitor, with 44 goals scored and 6 suffered; Against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 39 goals scored and 11 suffered. The team comes to this match after a win away with Kilmarnock by (0-2). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Celtic won 8 and tied 2. The team has shown great defensive solidity, as it did not suffer any goal in the last 5 games, and its attack has marked regularly, and Who scored goals in 4 of the last 5 games for this competition.
Celtic come to this game with a 0-2 win against Kilmarnock in a Scottish championship game: goals from the win were scored by Forrest and McGregor. Usually the technician Brendan Rodgers plays in 4-2-3-1, privileging the possession of the ball and the attacks paused and with criterion, nevertheless, in this party will be natural that the visitors act more cautious, since they have a huge advantage . Callum McGregor is one of the big highlights of Celtic, with 2 goals and 1 assist. Everything indicates that the coach will not be able to count on the injured Boyata, Sviatchenko and Dembele.
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