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Celtic Vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction, Odds And Team News

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Celtic Vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction, Odds And Team News

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar will travel to Parkhead to face Celtic in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie on Wednesday night.

The Bhoys, led by Ange Postecoglou, advanced to this stage after thrashing Czech side Jablonec 7-2 on aggregate.

AZ Alkmaar, meanwhile, are winless in each of their last four road trips and the bookies’ odds do suggest that trend will continue this evening. 

Celtic have scored 16 goals in their four most recent outings
Celtic have scored 16 goals in their four most recent outings
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Looking ahead to this tonight's game, free-scoring Celtic have hit the back of the net a staggering 16 times across their last three matches. Not too shabby that, eh?


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

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Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar betting tips & predictions

Celtic are 19/20 to win, with AZ Alkmaar priced at 12/5 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 12/5.

Prediction: 2-0 (9/1)

Under/Over Goals: Under 2.5 Goals (11/10)

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Celtic have impressed offensively in recent weeks, scoring 16 goals in their four most recent outings.

However, AZ Alkmaar represent a much stiffer task to the Glasgow side than recent opponents and, for that reason, we’re backing tonight’s game to be a low-scoring affair. 

Joe Hart has made the number one spot his own since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer
Joe Hart has made the number one spot his own since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer

Half-Time/Full-Time: Celtic (2/1)

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Celtic have won their last four matches in all competitions in high-scoring fashion.

We’re backing Celtic to lead from the first to last whistle tonight in a game that is, more than likely, expected to be a cagey fixture.

To win both halves: Celtic (9/2) 

AZ Alkmaar finished third in the Eredivisie last season, but the composition of their squad looks a whole lot different this term - severely weakened in the summer window.

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We reckon Celtic may have what it takes to edge out a win in both halves here.

Ange Postecoglou saw his Celtic thrash Czech side Jablonec 7-2 on aggregate last time out
Ange Postecoglou saw his Celtic thrash Czech side Jablonec 7-2 on aggregate last time out

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Celtic team news

After Ryan Christie picked up a knock in training, Celtic will be sweating over his fitness and Postecoglou had admitted that he is not sure if the Scotland international will be passed fit for the first leg.

Elsewhere, between the sticks, Joe Hart has made the number one spot his own since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer, and the 34-year-old should form part of an untouched backline for the hosts.

AZ Alkmaar team news

Still nursing a groin problem is Owen Wijndal, who is not expected to be passed fit fot the first leg, with Thijs Oosting forced to deputise in defence at the weekend.

Midfield maestro and club captain Teun Koopmeiners found himself among the substitutes at the weekend, amid talk of an imminent exit from the club.

Other than that, Pascal Jansen has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of their visit to 

Scotland.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Celtic, Europa League

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