Champions League – Qualification

Celtic – Astana 1 1.45 5-0 win

Celtic had really great last campaign, they were absolutely dominating side in Scotland and won the title without much troubles, they also won the Cup and are in great form, during summer in friendlies were defeated by Lyon and that was their only defeat since November and duel with Barcelona in Champions league, they are trying to reach group stage and managed to reach final round, so far eliminated Rosenborg and Irish Linfield and tonight will face with Astana, first leg of final round will be played in Scotland and hosts are big favorites. Hosts are experienced side, they can achieve positive outcome tonight at home ground and take advantage before rematch away from home, in last qualifications they eliminated Astana in semi finals, after a draw in first leg away from home they celebrated with one goal margin here but in that second game were much better side and victory should be only more convincing, now Celtic are in great form and i’m sure that can achieve victory without much troubles. Their domestic league started two weeks ago and they achieved two victories so far, most recently on the road were better side in duel with Patrick and achieved narrow victory in the end although could score couple more goals, in last five games they achieved five straight victories and i’m pretty sure that will extend that great streak tonight. Defenders Sviatchenko (0/0), Boyata (0/0) and forward Dembele (0/0) will all stay out for this game due to injuries. Astana on the other hand won three titles in Kazakhstan in last three seasons and are currently at leading spot there with seven points more than second placed K. Almaty. In previous two rounds of qualifications for Champions league they eliminated Latvian Spataks and Polish side Legia, however now it will be really difficult and must play some great football to confront to a strong hosts and avoid defeat in this game. In their domestic league guests achieved two victories in last two rounds, they are most effective team in Kazakstan with best defense but against strong Celtic i doubt that will avoid conceding a goal. Guests played in Europa league group stage in last campaign and how the things stands at this moment i doubt that will manage to reach Champions league. In last 12 matches Astana suffered only one defeat against Legia in previous round of qualifications away from home and are in good form. Tonight visitors are coming here as underdogs and it would be a big surprise if they avoid defeat, draw would be enough for them but to confront to a strong opponents tonight must show amazing skills in defense. For this match they can count on all their players. Celtic are favorites, they played in Champions league in last season and i believe that can win their progress into group stage once again, at this stadium even strongest European teams are struggling to beat them and i’m convinced that can defeat guests which despite are in good form still will have a very difficult mission to stay undefeated, everything except victory of Celtic would be surprise.