Alashkert vs Celtic betting tips: UEFA Champions League qualifying match preview & predictions

Alashkert vs Celtic prediction: Alashkert 0-3 Celtic

Celtic begin their UEFA Champions League journey in Armenia with the first of potentially four qualifiers as Brendan Rodgers’ side aim to make it into the group stages for a third year in a row.

Alashkert won the Armenian Premier League for the second time in their history last season but have never made it to the group stages of a European tournament and are looking to become the first Armenian side to do so.

Alashkert vs Celtic: who will win?

Celtic are 1/4 on to take an advantage back to Paradise with them for next Wednesday’s second leg and are 1/33 to qualify for the second round.

Alashkert are 9/1 to record a famous home win and are 10/1 to progress to the next stage of qualification.

Leigh Griffiths is 5/2 to be the first goalscorer with his French teammates, Odsonne Édouard and Moussa Dembélé priced at 11/4.

Celtic are 5/6 to be leading at both half time and full time.

Scott Brown

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 26: Scott Brown of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park on December 26, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Alashkert vs Celtic match preview

After winning their seventh straight SPFL title and a back to back domestic treble, Celtic will be hoping to build on that success in Scotland and take it into European competition.

As a result of UEFA’s new distribution of Champions League spots, Celtic must now tackle 4 rounds of qualifying, 1 more then they’ve had to face in the past, making it an even more difficult challenge.

Last season they knocked out Linfield of Northern Ireland, Rosenberg from Norway and Kazakhstani Champions Astana.

We could be in for a repeat of last year as the winners of this tie will play either Rosenberg or the Champions of Iceland, Valur Reykjavík.

Celtic played their first pre season friendly of the campaign across the Irish Sea against Shamrock Rovers running out 7-0 winners.

MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 18: Kieran Tierney of Celtic runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Celtic FC at Allianz Arena on October 18, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Celtic team news vs Alashkert

The 4 Celts who participated in this summer’s FIFA World Cup are unavailable for this game and for the next few weeks.

Cristian Gamboa’s Costa Rica and Tom Rogic’s Australia went out in the group stage so they will be back with the squad soon.

However, Sweden and Mikael Lustig only went out on Saturday to England and Belgium, featuring Dedryck Boyata. are into the semi finals.

With both right backs, Lustig and Gamboa, unavailable Brendan Rodgers is likely to go with a back 3 system that he played on some occasions last season.

This will also mean they go with two up front as they attempt to take a healthy lead back to Glasgow for the second leg.

Celtic predicted starting line-up vs Alashkert

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Celtic to beat Alashkert & both teams to score: 11/4!