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

Sarajevo vs Celtic prediction: Sarajevo 0-2 Celtic

Will Celtic get back to the Champions League group stages?

The Bhoys did qualify for the holy grail in 2016 and 2017 but were beaten by AEK Athens in the third qualifying round last season.

Now Neil Lennon is the man tasked with negotiating four two-legged ties starting with this one.

Will the Scottish Champions start with a win in Bosnia?


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Sarajevo vs Celtic: Who will win?

FK Sarajevo are 9/2 to get a famous home win in this first leg.

Celtic are odds on at 8/13 to leave Koševo City Stadium with the lead.

A draw, which would not be a good result for the Scottish side, is 3/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score no is also 8/11.

Celtic to win and both teams to score no is 29/20.

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)

Slobodan Milanović could make his debut up front for the home side. He is 16/1 to score first and 13/2 to net on his debut.

Odsonne Édouard will be a key player for Celtic this season. French Eddy is 10/3 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to score first.

Leigh Griffiths is back after a spell on the sidelines last season. He is 7/2 to score first and 7/5 to net on his return.

Both Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Édouard to score is 11/2.

Both Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Odsonne Édouard to score is also 11/2.

Both James Forrest and Ryan Christie to score is 11/2.

Sarajevo vs Celtic: Match preview

This will, undoubtedly, be one of the biggest games in FK Sarajevo’s 72 year history.

Last season, they won the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fourth time, finishing five points above the then champions HŠK Zrinjski Mostar.

However, despite being the capital club in Bosnia, they have enjoyed very little European success.

They made their European debut in the European Cup in 1967.

Back then, they beat Olympiakos Nicosia but then lost to Manchester United, who would go on to win the competition, in the second round.

Since, they’ve never made it to a group stages, reaching the third qualifying round or further of either the Champions League or Europa League five times.

Last season in the Europa League qualifiers, they beat Armenian side Banants before being hammered 10-2 on aggregate by Serie A’s Atalanta.

That means they’ve won 24 of the 7o European matches they’ve played; progressing through just 16 of 34 ties.

A win here would be one of the most famous in their history so can they pull it off?

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)

Celtic to start with a win in Sarajevo?

As for Celtic, they can boast far more pedigree in Europe and have far great ambitions on the continental stage.

Famously, they won the European Cup in 1967 against Internazionale but are just aiming for the Champions League group stages nowadays.

In 2016 and 2017 under Brendan Rodgers, they did make it there, having not done so for three seasons prior.

Last season, following wins over Alashkert and Rosenborg, they were dumped out in the third round of qualifying by AEK Athens.

This time around, it is imperative that they negotiate all four qualifying rounds.

Their last game of last season was the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts in which they completed an unprecedented domestic Treble Treble.

However, it’s European success those at the club are desperate for so they can not afford a slip up in Bosnia.

Sarajevo team news vs Celtic

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There have been numerous changes to Sarajevo’s squad this season and Husref Musemić could give debuts to a few players.

21 year old Vladan Kovačević will keep his place in goal.

Another youngster, Halid Šabanović, will be at right-back; he’s just 19.

However, fellow defenders Almir Bekić, Nihad Mujakić, Aleksandar Šofranac and Joachim Adukor have all left the club this summer.

Bojan Letić is likely to make his debut at left-back after joining on a free transfer from MFK Karviná.

They’re likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 that they played for the majority of last season.

Alen Mustafić and captain Krste Velkoski will anchor the midfield.

Aladin Šišić and Brazilian Nathan Crepaldi da Cruz are likely to be stationed out-wide.

Benjamin Tatar is usually the main creative player but he’s likely to be behind a new centre-forward.

Slobodan Milanović joined from FK Krupa last month for €50,000 and is expected to lead the line.

Can this side pull off a famous win?

Celtic team news vs Sarajevo

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 14: Kieran Tierney applauds the fans 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)

A lot has changed in the East End of Glasgow since their last match on May 25.

12 players have left the club and three have arrived.

Scott Bain is very much established as the number one goalkeeper.

He kept 22 clean sheets in 31 appearances last season, letting in just 11 goals.

In defence, the loans of Filip Benković and Jeremy Toljan have both expired.

Also, defenders Emilio Izaguirre, Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Marvin Compper and Cristian Gamboa have all left the club.

Jozo Šimunović is unavailable after representing Croatia at the U21 Euros last month.

Kieran Tierney is still injured but it looks increasingly likely that his future lies away from his boyhood club.

They are boosted by the signings of two new defenders.

Christopher Jullien joined from Toulouse for £7 million and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has signed for £3 million from Rapid Vienna.

Both are expected to make their debuts.

They are without a senior right-back though.

So Anthony Ralston is likely to make just his 16th Celtic appearance.

In midfield, the other summer signing Luca Connell, who joined from Bolton for £350,000, is likely to be on the bench.

Olivier Ntcham is on holiday but Ryan Christie is back from injury and will start.

Further forward, the loans of Oli Burke and Timo Weah have both ended.

However, Marian Shved is now with the squad after joining from Karpaty Lviv in January.

He’s unlikely to start though; Scott Sinclair and last year’s player of the season James Forrest will get the nod.

Up front, Odsonne Édouard scored 22 goals last season and will once again be the main man for goals.

There are a plethora of attacking options on the bench.

Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston, wonder-kid Karamoko Dembélé and Leigh Griffiths will all be hoping to make the difference as substitutes.

This side should have far too much quality for their hosts.

Predicted Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic

Predicted FK Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic

Predicted FK Sarajevo line-up vs Celtic.

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Sarajevo

Predicted Celtic line-up vs FK Sarajevo

Predicted Celtic line-up vs FK 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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