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AEK Athens v Celtic Prediction & Betting Tips – 14th August 2018

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This tie is nicely poised now after a 1-1 draw between the two sides at Celtic Park a week ago. The Greeks have a slight advantage with the away goal in the bag and home soil for the second leg. It means that Celtic, who failed to take advantage of an extra man in the leg will definitely have to find the back of the net on Tuesday evening.

AEK Athens v Celtic Betting Odds*

Celtic 8/15
AEK Athens 9/5
Draw 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.)

AEK Athens News and Form

So it was a pretty good job done by the Greeks in the first leg at Celtic Park. After having fallen behind in the game and having gone down to ten men in the second half, they held themselves together well to stick in this tie. They did a fantastic job in shutting down the high-paced game that Celtic were trying to throw at them and they were good value for their equaliser when it game which just raised their confidence through the roof. Home advantage back in the soaring temperatures of Athens could tip this tie in favour of AEK Athens. Either way, we are looking under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).

AEK Athens got past this third qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League last season and then beat Club Brugge in the playoff round. They then impressed by getting out of their group stage in the main draw of the Champions League with a W1 D5 record and they held out for 0-0 draws in their two games against AC Milan. That is nine draws in their last eleven games then for AEK Athens (W2) so they are on a nice unbeaten streak of form. They were very strong defensively in the first leg and the 0-0 draw, the minimum to get them through has to have some appeal for AEK Athens v Celtic betting tips* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.).

Celtic News and Form

So it was a home wobble from Celtic in the first leg and they just ran out of steam and creativity in the second half. They couldn’t find that spark to break through the defensive setup of their opponents who were a man down. So they have to hit the back of the net on Tuesday night which may not be easy under the stifling conditions out in Greece. Both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds. To make things a little more uneasy, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Hearts on the weekend which has sparked all sorts of talk about their fear-factor having gone.

Celtic took a 3-0 win at FC Alashkert in their first away game of the season in Europe, before playing out a 0-0 draw at Rosenborg in the last qualifying round. Both of those were after positive home results in the first legs though, so this is going to be a new and tougher test for them. They can’t afford to misfire. But they are five games unbeaten in Europe which counts for something but they are going to have to find a more clinical touch. The other concern about them will be the fact that they have managed just the one clean sheet in their last five games overall (conceding exactly one in each of those four matches during that sequence). Odsonne Edouard is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) for the game.

AEK Athens v Celtic Head to Head

The first leg of this tie was the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

Who will win – AEK Athens v Celtic Predictions

AEK Athens are no mugs in Europe and they showed that last season. They are on a long unbeaten streak of form in European action at the moment and they know that a 0-0 suits them down to a tee. They will be strong defensively and an AEK Athens +0.5 Asian Handicap at 5/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 12th, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.) which means a half-win if they draw, a full payout for a win.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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