Celtic vs FC Astana Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Celtic vs FC Astana Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Celtic and Astana will square off at Celtic Park on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League play-offs tie, as both sides are targeting a place in the Champions League group stage phase. Celtic picked up a narrow 0-1 win at Partick Thistle in the second round of the Premiership thanks to a first-half goal from Olivier Ntcham. Meanwhile, Astana won 0-3 on the road at Aktobe in the Kazakh Premier League at the weekend thanks to goals from Junior Kabananga, Srdjan Grahovac and an own-goal from Igor Zenkovich. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Celtic enjoyed a perfect start to their 2017/18 campaign, and they are hot favourites to win on Wednesday night. However, Astana have also been in fine shape over the past few months, and I’m expecting them to score at least once in this clash. Furthermore, Astana managed to find the back of the net at least once in each of the two previous meetings with Celtic.

Both teams to score - Yes at 5/4

Asian Handicap +1.5 on Astana at 4/6

Celtic scored over 2.5 goals in 6 out of their last 10 games played

Celtic scored over 2.5 goals in 2 out of their last 4 games played against FC Astana

FC Astana have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

FC Astana saw over 1.5 goals in 4 out of their last 4 games played against Celtic

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Celtic Form Guide

Celtic Team Logo

Celtic

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

07-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Shamrock Rovers Team Logo Shamrock Rovers

FT 0 - 7

(HT 0 - 4)

W A

10-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Alashkert FC Team Logo Alashkert FC

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

18-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Alashkert FC Team Logo Alashkert FC

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

25-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Rosenborg Team Logo Rosenborg

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

01-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Rosenborg Team Logo Rosenborg

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

04-08-2018

Premiership

Livingston Team Logo Livingston

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

08-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

AEK Athens Team Logo AEK Athens

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

11-08-2018

Premiership

Hearts Team Logo Hearts

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

14-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

AEK Athens Team Logo AEK Athens

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

FC Astana Form Guide

FC Astana Team Logo

FC Astana

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
D A

05-07-2018

Premier League

Tobol Kostanay Team Logo Tobol Kostanay

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Sutjeska Team Logo Sutjeska

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-07-2018

Premier League

Shakhter Karagandy Team Logo Shakhter Karagandy

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

18-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

Sutjeska Team Logo Sutjeska

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

24-07-2018

Champions League Qualification

FC Midtjylland Team Logo FC Midtjylland

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

28-07-2018

Premier League

Atyrau Team Logo Atyrau

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

01-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

FC Midtjylland Team Logo FC Midtjylland

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

04-08-2018

Premier League

Aktobe Team Logo Aktobe

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

07-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Dinamo Zagreb Team Logo Dinamo Zagreb

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

14-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Dinamo Zagreb Team Logo Dinamo Zagreb

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Celtic Preview

Celtic had a rock-solid start to their 2017/18 competitive season as they are undefeated in seven official fixtures, winning five and drawing once in this term. Actually, the Hoops have only lost once in their last 15 games across all competitions and enter the fray on the back of a seven-game unbeaten streak. They looked amazing at the back over the past three weeks, conceding just one goal in seven games across all competitions. In addition, Celtic are yet to concede in this season’s Champions League campaign. Celtic managed to beat Linfield 6-0 in the second Champions League second qualifying round and followed this up with a narrow 0-1 aggregate win over Rosenborg in the previous round. They kicked off their Premiership campaign brightly with back-to-back victories over Hearts and Partick Thistle, conceding just once in the process. At home, the Hoops have only lost once in their last 24 home fixtures across all competitions and are currently on a four-game undefeated run. Their home record in the Champions League has also been strong over the past years as they have only lost twice in nine games. Furthermore, Celtic should feel confident ahead of this tie as they prevailed when the sides met in last season’s 3rd qualifying round. They drew 1-1 in Kazakhstan in the first leg of the tie, but bounced back with a 2-1 home win in Glasgow thanks to a penalty goal from Moussa Dembele.

Celtic Team News

Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele and Erik Sviatchenko are all missing through injury.

FC Astana Preview

Astana, on the other hand, have also enjoyed an excellent run of form over the past two months, losing just once in their last twelve competitive fixtures. Astana have also played two ties in this season’s Champions League campaign as they beat Spartaks 2-1 on aggregate in the second round and Legia Warszawa 3-2 on aggregate in the third round. They were beaten 1-0 on the road at Legia a fortnight ago but bounced back with two consecutive wins over Ordabasy and Aktobe in the Kazakh Premier League. Astana currently sit at the top of the Premier League table with 57 points to their name after 23 rounds, seven points clear of second-placed K. Almaty. They looked very well-organized at both ends of the field throughout their domestic campaign, scoring 50 goals while conceding just 14. Away from home, Astana have endured a mixed run of form over the past five months, registering four defeats, two draws and nine victories in their last 15 away games across all competitions. The bad news is that Astana have struggled for points on the road in the Champions League over the past two years, winning just once in their last nine away games. Junior Kabananga is a player to watch here as he is the team’s top scorer in the Kazakh Premier League at the moment with 15 goals under his belt.

FC Astana Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Astana ahead of this trip.

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Celtic Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FC Astana Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Celtic vs FC Astana Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Craig Gordon 193 83
63 RB Kieran Tierney 178 70
5 CD Jozo Simunovic 191 83
23 LB Mikael Lustig 189 78
6 CD Nir Bitton 196 78
18 CM Tom Rogic 188 99
11 CM Scott Sinclair 175 64
49 CM James Forrest 175 65
21 CDM Olivier Ntcham 180 80
8 CDM Scott Brown 175 72
9 CF Leigh Griffiths 175 64
No. Pos Player M kg
35 GK Aleksandr Mokin 194 87
27 CD Yuri Logvinenko 187 -
44 CD Evgeniy Postnikov 189 80
4 LB Igor Shitov 185 77
77 RB Dmitriy Shomko 185 80
14 RM Marin Tomasov 183 71
7 AM Serikzhan Muzhikov 167 64
6 CM Laszlo Kleinheisler 173 69
18 CM Ivan Maewski - -
23 LM Patrick Twumasi 178 67
30 CF Junior Kabananga 190 78