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AZ Alkmaar Vs Celtic Prediction, Odds And Team News

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AZ Alkmaar Vs Celtic Prediction, Odds And Team News

Celtic will travel to the Netherlands to take on AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie on Thursday night.

The Bhoys, led by Ange Postecoglou, are firmly in the driving seat for this evening's game after winning the first leg courtesy of a Kyogo Furuhashi strike and an own goal from Timo Letschert.

AZ Alkmaar, meanwhile, are struggling to find inspiration from anywhere at the moment, but were afforded the weekend off by the Dutch FA as they prepare to try and salvage their Europa League campaign.

Celtic beat AZ Alkmaar 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie
Celtic beat AZ Alkmaar 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie
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The Eredivisie outfit will draw some confidence from their current 13-game unbeaten streak on home soil, but face the uphill task of overturning a 2-0 first-leg defeat against the free-scoring Scots.

Ahead of the game, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from AZ Alkmaar vs Celtic to get your teeth stuck into. 

Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar betting tips & predictions

AZ Alkmaar are 10/11 to win, with Celtic priced at 23/10 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 13/5.

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Prediction: 0-2 (18/1)

Half-Time/Full-Time: Celtic/Celtic (9/2)

Celtic have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks, winning six matches across all competitions, while racking up a staggering 24 goals in the process.

For that reason, we're backing the Bhoys to lead from the first to last whistle and cement their spot in the Europa League group stages.

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First Goalscorer: Kyogo Furuhashi (5/1)

Last week's game saw yet another accomplished performance from Celtic's new signing Kyogo Furuhashi who scored the opener before playing a large part in the second.

Could we be in for more in the same tonight? Well, at attractive odds of 5/1, we're backing the Japanese international to draw first blood again.

Kyogo Furuhashi scored the first goal against AZ Alkmaar last week
Kyogo Furuhashi scored the first goal against AZ Alkmaar last week
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Total Booking Points: 70+ booking points (2/1)

Last week's first-leg in Glasgow yielded a collective total of just three cards, but it looks like there could be plenty more dished out tonight.

Referee Tiago Martins, who averaged 4.9 cards per game last season, will take charge this evening and the Portuguese official is known for brandishing a card or two - ten 10 yellow cards in his two outings, to be exact.

Referee Tiago Martins has flashed ten yellow cards in his last two games
Referee Tiago Martins has flashed ten yellow cards in his last two games
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AZ Alkmaar team news

In a big boost, attacker Jesper Karlsson is back from suspension and is in contention to replace Zakaria Aboukhlal on the left flank.

Other than that, the Dutch side have no injury concerns and are unlikely to make any alterations from their disappointing first leg.

Celtic team news

Christopher Jullien remains on the sidelines following his serious knee injury, while Karamoko Dembele's ankle issue is said to be a long-term one.

Elsewhere, Ryan Christie was fit enough to return to action against St Mirren, but will most likely make way for Tom Rogic this week.

The Bhoys have also been handed a boost in the fact that James Forrest could shake off a knock in time to return for tonight after being left out of the squad at the weekend.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Celtic, Europa League, Scotland

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