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AEK Athens vs Celtic: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

09:45 EAT 14/08/2018
Kieran Tierney Celtic AEK Athens
The Scottish champions conceded an away goal in the first leg against the Greeks and will likely need to be on top of their game to go through

Celtic will need to put in a strong performance against AEK Athens on Tuesday if they are to have a chance of progressing to the Champions League play-off round.

Brendan Rodgers's side were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie against the Greek champions last week, meaning they need to score at least once at Athens Olympic Stadium in order to go through to the next round.

Things got off to the perfect start for the Bhoys at Celtic Park in the first leg as Callum McGregor put them ahead after just 17 minutes, but Viktor Klonaridis secured what could be a crucial away goal for AEK.

A trip to either Sweden or Hungary awaits the victors of the tie in the play-off round, with one of Malmo or MOL Vidi providing the opposition in the final hurdle before the group stages. 

Game AEK Athens vs Celtic
Date Tuesday, August 14
Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US) the game will be not be shown live on television, but it is available to stream live online outside of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland via Celtic TV.

US TV channel Online stream
N/A Celtic TV

In the UK, the game can be viewed live on television on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed online using the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 BT Sport app

Squads & Team News

Position AEK Athens squad
Goalkeepers Barkas, Tsintotas, Giannikoglou
Defenders Bakakis, Lopes, Oikonomou, Lambropoulos, Galo, Cosic, Hult
Midfielders Simoes, Mantalos, Galanopoulos, Moran, Giousis, Alef
Forwards Albanis, Giakoumakis, Livaja, Bakasetas, Klonaridis, Ponce, Boye

Konstantinos Galanopoulos will miss the game after being sent off in the first leg, while doubts remain over the fitness of Petros Mantalos.

Potential AEK Athens XI: Barkas; Hult, Lambropoulos, Lopes, Oikonomou, Bakakis; Simoes, Bakasetas, Klonaridis, Alef; Livaja.

Position Celtic players
Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen
Defenders J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell
Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Rogic, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku, Kouassi
Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison

Striker Moussa Dembele is fit to travel to Greece for the match, meaning he could potentially feature in attack. However, Dedryck Boyata did not make the trip amid complaints from his agent that Celtic rejected bids for the Belgium international.

Potential Celtic XI: Gordon; Tierney, Hendry, Ajer, Lustig; Brown, Ntcham, Rogic, McGregor, Forrest; Edouard.

Betting & Match Odds

AEK Athens are slight favourites to win the second leg at home, with dabblebet offering odds of 13/8 on the Greek side to triumph. Celtic, meanwhile are rated at 17/10 and a draw is a 2/1 bet.

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Match Preview

Celtic face a difficult task against AEK Athens on Tuesday as they attempt to keep their ambitions of reaching the Champions League group stage alive.

The Bhoys followed up their home draw against AEK last week with a disappointing league defeat to Hearts and, while Rodgers made five changes for that game at the weekend, the squad as a whole must now raise their performance levels as they get ready to return to continental action.

"It’s a massive opportunity for us to go and put in a good performance and try to get through to the next round," goalkeeper Craig Gordon told the club's official website. "We are slightly behind in the tie so we have to go there and be very positive and we’ve definitely got the players and the team capable of going there and winning the game.

"That’s what we’ve got to concentrate on now. We have to recover from the game on Saturday but now all the focus is on trying to get through to the next round."

Defeat would not spell an end to their European odyssey, however, with the losers of Tuesday's game entering the Europa League play-off round, but Celtic will naturally be aiming to book their place in the final Champions League qualifying round - where either Malmo or MOL Vidi will be waiting