UEFA Champions League / Sarajevo (BiH) vs Celtic (Sco) – Champions of Bosnia-Herzegovina will meet at home Scottish champion Celtic in the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The two teams have never met before and there is no doubt that the guests are great favourites, not only this to win match but also to pass the 1st round.
Game Sarajevo (BiH) vs Celtic (Sco) begins 09.07.2019 at 19:45 CET
After three-year long break Sarajevo has dethroned Zrinjski from Mostar and won its third champion’s title since the country declared independence. Sarajevo won the first title in 2007 and the second in 2015, while last year it won the Cup and by that the success is even greater since this is its first double hat.
Sarajevo lost this summer several players who were pillars of the team and instead of them the team’s management brought Bojan Letic, Besim Serbecic, Mirko Oremus, Geodon Guzina, Slobodan Milanovic and Nebojisa Gavric, while Dusan Hodzic has returned from loan. Serbecic is not on the list to play the match, while Amer Dupovac is questionable due to injury.
Probable lineups Sarajevo: Kovacevic, Hebibovic, Kurdic, Lazic, Hodzic, Velkoski, Rahmanovic, Tatar, Sisic, Milanovic, Ahmetovic
Celtic, just like its host, has won the FA Cup and Scottish championship. Manager Neil Lenon has stated that this season, after they focused last year on game control, Celtic wants to play more offensively and score more goals. Scottish media say that he will start implementing this tactic right from this match. Celtic drew the last test match with Swiss Sent Gallen 0-0.
Lenon has added that he sought to bring new reinforcements in order to move ball transfer on flanks, from where Celtic plans to launch most of its attacks. The most famous name that came this summer is Bolingoli Mbomboa, who came for Rapid Vienna. Besides him they brought stopper Christopher Jullien. Vokoun Bay is questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Celtic: Bain, Hayes, Jullien, Ayer, Tierney, Brown, Rogic, McGregor,Mbomboa, Sved, Edouard
Betting Pick: Sarajevo vs Celtic
Both teams underwent significant changes this summer and it is to be seen will Celtic manage to transform into an offensive team. The guests are favourites to win but we don’t believe that we will see too many goals, which is why we suggest to play on lower number of goals. Interestingly, losing side will directly relegated to the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.76 at 888sport (down to 1.70 can be played)
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