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AEK Athens v Celtic Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

16:41 WAT 14/08/2018
Odsonne Edouard Celtic
Our tipster thinks that the goals could flow when the Hoops travel to take on the Greek champions in Tuesday's crucial Champions League qualifier

Celtic face their toughest test of Champions League qualification to date when they travel to take on AEK Athens in the Greek capital on Tuesday night.

The tie is finely poised following a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg fixture in Glasgow, and Brendan Rodgers' side may be left to rue their inability to claim a vital victory on home soil.

Callum McGregor gave the Hoops an early lead, but Viktor Klonaridis equalised on the stroke of half time and, despite AEK having Konstantinos Galanopoulos sent off, the Hoops were unable to press home their numerical advantage.

Latest odds

Nevertheless, Marinos Ouzounidis' men are chalked up as a 7/4 (2.75) shot to reach the next round at the expense of the Hoops with victory on home turf, while the same firm go 2/1 (3.0) that the match ends in a draw.

Celtic have reached the group stages of this competition in both of the previous two seasons of Rodgers' tenure and dabblebet go 13/8 (2.63) that the Hoops claim the win that would keep their Champions League campaign alive.

Team news

Defensive midfielder Galanopoulos is suspended for this tie after being sent off in Glasgow last week.

Odsonne Edouard, Tom Rogic and James Forrest were all named as substitutes for Celtic's 1-0 defeat against Heart of Midlothian at the weekend, but the key trio seem likely to be restored to the starting line-up in Athens.

A tight tussle?

There have been fewer than three goals scored in each of the last seven competitive matches that AEK have contested and dabblebet go 1/2 (1.50) that the trend continues in this clash.

Furthermore, Celtic have kept a clean sheet in both of their away matches in this competition thus far this term and dabblebet's 7/10 (1.70) quote for either side to draw a blank may well prove popular with punters.

Prediction

Celtic have scored 10 and conceded 14 goals in their last six away Champions League matches and the goalless draw with Rosenborg in Trondheim at the beginning of this month appears to have been the exception rather than the rule.

The 7/5 (2.40) quote from dabblebet, then, for more than two goals to be scored in Athens could well provide punters with a path to profit from Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash.

 Over 2.5 goals at 7/5 (2.40) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet