Celtic vs Sarajevo betting tips: Champions League qualifying match preview and predictions

Celtic vs Sarajevo prediction: Celtic 3-0 Sarajevo

After a great win at the Koševo City Stadium last week, Celtic are in a commanding position in this tie.

However, the Celts did have to come from behind in Bosnia.

In the 29th minute, Slobodan Milanović’s corner caused havoc and Mirko Oremuš scrambled in from four yards out.

A debut goal for the Croatian and the stadium was bouncing.

But not for long.

Just six minutes later, Mikey Johnston held off the challenge of three defenders and smashed in his first ever European goal from outside the area.


Early in the second half, the game had been turned completely around.

Ryan Christie laid it to Odsonne Édouard who powered through and finishes the ball over Vladan Kovačević.

Late on, Lewis Morgan’s cross found substitute Scott Sinclair who set himself and magnificently made it 3-1 with an astonishing back-heal.

A fantastic away win and surely the tie is over.

Can Neil Lennon’s side finish the job at home?

First leg highlights: Sarajevo 1-3 Celtic

Celtic vs Sarajevo: Who will win?

Celtic are 1/8 on to repeat last week’s victory.

Sarajevo have only won five of 28 European away matches since their first in 1980 and are 16/1 to add to that tally.

Even a draw would do just fine for the home side and that’s 13/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 2/5.

Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Both teams to score no is 4/7.

Celtic to win and both teams to score no is 4/6.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after he scores during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Odsonne Édouard has scored 33 goals in his last 75 Celtic games including a goal last week. French Eddy is 13/5 to break the deadlock and 3/4 to score anytime.

James Forrest was PFA Scotland player of the year last year. He is 4/1 to score first and 13/10 to score anytime.

Mersudin Ahmetović is likely to lead the line for the visitors. He is 14/1 to score first and 9/2 to net anytime.

Both Leigh Griffiths and Édouard to score is 9/4.

Both Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Édouard to score is 12/5.

Both Forrest and Ryan Christie to score is 9/2.

Celtic vs Sarajevo: Match preview

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 31: The Celtic team pictured before the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern München at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Champions League group stage qualification is so vital to Celtic and, a result here, would mean they are a quarter of the way there.

In 2016 and 2017, the Bhoys got all the way there before losing 3-2 on aggregate to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round last season.

However, that defeat in Greece was a rare blip as they have been very strong in qualifying ties in recent seasons.

In fact, Celtic have progressed through 19 of their last 22 European qualifiers and have lost just one of their last 24 qualifiers at home.

Of course, domestic honours are important but European success is massive for Celtic in terms of prestige and revenue.

They should finish the job here but will want another strong performance ahead of next week’s second qualifying round tie.

The winners of this game will face Estonian Champions Nõmme Kalju after they defeated KF Shkëndija on Tuesday.

Will Celtic ensure that it is they who progress?

Karamoko Dembele

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 19: Karamoko Dembélé of Celtic in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Sarajevo to spring an enormous surprise?

As for FK Sarajevo, the defeat at home last week means it is highly unlikely they’ll get through this tie.

Husref Musemić’s team won their first Premier League of Bosnia & Herzegovina title for four seasons last year so will be looking to have a strong campaign in Europe.

Their best ever European campaign came in 2014/15.

They beat FK Haugesund and Atromitos but were then hammered 10-2 on aggregate by Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Europa League play-off round.

12 months ago, they drew 2-2 in Italy with Atalanta before suffering a shambolic 8-0 home loss to crash out of the Europa League qualifiers.

Assuming they do not turn this around, the Europa League qualifiers will be their destination.

The loser of this tie will actually receive a bye and go straight to the third qualifying round of the Europa League Champions path.

Can the Maroon-Whites build some confidence ahead of that and the start of their domestic title defence which begins at the weekend?

Celtic team news vs Sarajevo

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 14: Kieran Tierney of Celtic applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After a strong performance in the Bosnian capital, Neil Lennon is not expected to change too much.

Scott Bain is firmly established as the number one goalkeeper.

In 39 appearances for Celtic he’s kept 25 clean sheets and let in just 17 goals.

With no recognised senior right-back, they’re likely to continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation.

Christopher Jullien, who joined from Toulouse for £7 million last month, is set to make his debut at the back.

Fellow new signing, left-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, went off injured in Bosnia so is unlikely to be risked.

Jonny Hayes will come in with Kieran Tierney still injured and, possibly, on his way to Arsenal.

James Forrest will continue to fill in as a right wing-back but he will be very attacking from that position.

Mikey Johnston’s goal and all round impressive performance last week will see him stay in the side.

Odsonne Édouard will continue to lead the line; will he make it two goals in two this season?

There will be a plethora of attacking options in reserve.

Lewis Morgan, Scott Sinclair, Tom Rogic, Marian Shved, Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo will all be hoping to make an impact if called upon.

Can Celtic finish the job?

Sarajevo team news vs Celtic

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

As for Sarajevo, they’re expected to make a couple of changes from last week’s defeat.

Vladan Kovačević will keep his place in goal.

It’s likely to be the same back four too with Besim Šerbečić partnering Darko Lazić at the heart of the defence.

First leg goalscorer Oremuš will be alongside captain Krste Velkoski at the base of midfield.

Further forward, Aladin Šišić and Benjamin Tatar are expected to come in for Anel Hebibović and Amar Rahmanović.

Mersudin Ahmetović will continue to lead the line; he’s scored 42 goals in 105 appearances for Sarajevo.

This team offered very little at home eight days ago so they couldn’t pull off an enormous shock could they?

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Sarajevo

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Sarajevo

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Sarajevo.

Predicted Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic.

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The latest tweets from Celtic pre Sarajevo

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

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