Celtic take on the visitors AEK Athens at the Celtic Park in the first leg match of UEFA Champions League third qualification round. The match will be played in Glasgow on Wednesday, August 8th.
Celtic have been in a great shape recently. The team has already had 5 official matches this season and four of them took place on the European scene. In the first qualification round the Bhoys confidently beat Alashkert (3-0, 3-0). Then they got a victory over Rosenborg in the second qualification round (3-1, 0-0). Finally, the team beat Livingston with a 3-1 score in the 1st tour of the Scottish Premiership last weekend. The Celts have lost only twice in front of their home crowd since December 2nd, 2017. It`s worth noting that Celtic has scored 3 goals in their every home match this season.
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The match against Celtic will be the first official match for AEK Athens this season. The team has had 3 friendly games this summer drawing with a 0-0 score twice against AEK Larnaca and Atromitos and beating Galatasaray with a 3-2 score. The Enosis have been known for their great defense lately. AEK Athens have lost only twice on the away fields since October 1st, 2017 getting 10 wins and 9 draws with 11 goals conceded overall.
The Scots have been in a great shape recently and will play in front of their home crowd in the upcoming fixture. The Greeks on the other hand are only on their way to getting to their peak shape so it is likely that Celtic will outclass them in the physical aspect.
Prediction for the match: Celtic to win.