Alashkert take on the visitors Celtic at “Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium” in the first-leg tackle of the 1/8 qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League. The match will be played in Yerevan on Tuesday, July 10th.
Alashkert demonstrate quite strong results in face of their supporters, having earned eight triumphs, four draws and three defeats ate the home pitch so far. Besides, the side has failed to score a single goal only in five home battles. Last season the Armenians conducted four clashes within the UEFA Champions League and three of those encounters finished with +1.5 Asian handicap. At the same time the side doesn’t look so tough on the road, having collected six victories, four draws and five losses.
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In their turn, each season Celtic have been performing at the group stage either of the UEFA Champions League or of the UEFA Europa League since 2011. Once the club has managed even to qualify to the Play Offs, but was immediately knocked out by Inter. Last two seasons “The Celts” tried to show off in the UEFA Champions League, however, rivalries against Bayern Munich and Paris SG in season 2017/2018 as well as against Manchester City and Barcelona in the season 2016/2017 hadn’t left them a single chance for success. In any case the Scots are obliged to pass over the qualification, especially, if the strong top-clubs will not appear in the final round of the qualification. In the previous season Celtic have been broken only four times and three those failures happened on the road. Besides, the team managed to score more than three goals only in five away tackles of the season.
I believe Celtic will not put their nose to the grindstone, being quite satisfied with a draw or with a triumph with a minimal spread in order to solve the issue at the home field. In their turn Alashkert shouldn’t be afraid of the Scots in face of their fans. The hosts will probably score at least one goal while Celtic will not insist on a smashing victory.
Prediction for the match: Alashkert to win with +1.5 Asian handicap.