The Champions League is a club that has become so elitist that it’s getting harder and harder to get involved in the big league. The gap between the top clubs from the top leagues and the masters from smaller nations is getting bigger. Getting to the meat pots of the group stage once is the goal of many national champions. Not many of the new masters will come this far. The teams that have to start in the first round of qualifying have little chance of entering the group stage. This is true for FK Sarajevo, but even more so than for Celtic Glasgow.
Both will score in the first qualifying round in direct duel. One will have to bury their hopes for the Champions League after the return leg next week. After all, there is a small consolation for the loser of this pairing, because the European Cup is known to continue in the Europa League and there will be a bye in the next round. At least the way into the second league of the European Cup is not quite so stony and could even be feasible for the loser. Overall, before the duel between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow the prediction goes clearly in the direction of the Scots. Celtic is very experienced in international competitions and was often represented in the group stage of the premier class.
Football Betting Prediction FK Sarajevo vs Celtic Glasgow
The Bosnian champion, however, has never got beyond qualifying for the Champions or Europa League. In international comparison, the Bosnians may rather be considered lightweight. Last year, for example, they were defeated in the qualifiers for the Europa League at Atalanta Bergamo equal to 0: 8. This is another indication that in the duel between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow we favor a tip on the Scottish champions. In the first leg but it might be reasonably tight. Both will try to come up with a decent result so they can have a chance of winning the next round in Scotland next week, with Nomme Kalju of Estonia or Shkendija of North Macedonia waiting for another solvable task.
FK Sarajevo – Statistics & Current Form
Sarajevo coach Husref Musemic played in the Hearts in Scotland at the beginning of the 90s. Since then he has been a great fan of Scottish football and the country at all. By the way, at the time he played his first competitive game against Celtic. Thus, the circle closes for the first leg on Tuesday against the Bhoys. There is not much known about the Bosnian master beyond the country’s borders. Husref Musemic is definitely not a friend of rotation. Most of the season last season has twelve players split among themselves.
“We played a historic season last year with the Double. I hope we can reward each other in the European Cup. ” – Husref Musemic
That speaks for a clear root formation in the Divovi. With Almir Bekic and Aleksandar Sofranac two players of the back four but left the club. Husref Musemic must therefore see that he stabilizes the defensive again. Whether this will work against an opponent like Celtic Glasgow is rather doubtful. Therefore, in the duel between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow, we would check the odds for one or two gates of the Scots.
The preparation could have been much better for the Bosnian champion. Officially, two friendly matches were played. Against Slovacko and Domzale the Divovi suffered two defeats. These are not the references you can best show in a duel against the Scottish champion. Nevertheless, we are sure that Sarajevo, with their own supporters behind them, will do everything in their power to continue to dream of moving into the next round with a good result. Coach Husref Musemic also hopes that this would be especially rewarding if his team would now be rewarded on the international stage for a fabulous preseason. Overall, however, the belief in a successful campaign in the European Cup for the Bosnians does not seem to be particularly pronounced. Personnel it looks like, as if the coach largely trusted the players who won the double in the previous year. Besim Serbecic and Bojan Letic could be two new additions to the starting lineup. Milos Stanojevic and Selmir Pidro will have to watch for injury.
Expected formation of FK Sarajevo:
↳ Dizdarevic – Letic, Serbecic, Djokanovic, Sabanovic – Mustafa, Velkoski – Nathan, Tatar, Sisic – Handzic
↳ Coach: Musemic
Last matches of FK Sarajevo:
⚽️ 30.06.2019 – Domzale vs. FK Sarajevo 3: 2 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – FK Sarajevo Vs. Slovacko 0: 2 (friendly)
⚽️ 25.05.2019 – GOSK Gabela vs. FK Sarajevo 0: 2 (Premijer League)
⚽️ 18.05.2019 – FK Sarajevo Vs. Zvijezda 09 4: 0 (Premijer League)
⚽️ 15.05.2019 – Siroki Brijeg vs. FK Sarajevo 1: 0 (Cup)
Celtic Glasgow – Statistics & Current Form
As a rule, Celtic Glasgow qualifies for a group stage in European competitions. If it is not enough for the Champions League, then at least mostly for the Europa League. Therefore, the Scottish champion is already quite ambitious in this qualification. Against the Bosnians Neil Lennon’s team is already the clear favorite, which should be the case in the second round in case of success. Then you would have to see who the other opponents would be. After all, the Bhoys were always qualified for the group stage of a European Cup in the last eight years. The squad has turned only slightly so far. The most notable departures are certainly Dedrick Boyata, who is drawn to Berlin for Hertha and club legend Mikael Lustig, who has moved to Ghent in the Belgian Super League. Toulouse’s Christopher Jullien has been the king’s transfer so far. But it is not excluded that something will happen in the transfer market. Even without new entrants in the match between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow the prediction clearly goes in the direction of getting ahead of the Scots.
The preparation was not that convincing, but at least Celtic has not lost in three official friendly matches. In the last week it was enough against the Swiss from FC St. Gallen only to a goalless draw. However, Jozo Simunovic still saw the red card. Overall, the opponents have not been off the top shelf so far, so that the results are probably no more than a pattern without value. In any case, the focus was on the preparation for the first competitive match in the Bosnian capital.
“We have done our homework and are well prepared for Sarajevo.” – Neil Lennon
Coach Neil Lennon makes it clear that his team will go well prepared in this first leg. How it will look personal is difficult to say in the first competitive game of the season. In addition, it was not clear to the end whether Jozo Simunovic will have to serve a suspension in the Champions League qualification after being sent off. There are also some battered players, including captain Scott Brown. However, as things stand, Neil Lennon is likely to be able to bring his desired formation. Certainly only the young Ivorian Vakoun Issouf Bayo will fail, but he is not counted among the regular staff anyway.
Expected lineup of Celtic Glasgow:
↳ Bain – Tierney, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli – McGregor, Brown – Johnston, Rogic, Forrest – Edouard
↳ Coach: Lennon
Last matches of Celtic Glasgow:
⚽️ 02.07.2019 – St. Gallen Vs. Celtic Glasgow 0: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 29.06.2019 – Vienna SC vs. Celtic Glasgow 1: 2 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – Pinkafeld Vs. Celtic Glasgow 1: 6 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 25.05.2019 – Heart of Midlothian Vs. Celtic Glasgow 1: 2 (FA Cup)
⚽️ 19.05.2019 – Celtic Glasgow vs Heart of Midlothian 2: 1 (Premiership)
FK Sarajevo vs Celtic Glasgow Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
We are looking for references to the duel between Sarajevo and Celtic in vain. Both teams have not crossed the blades yet. In general, there is no experience with football from the opposing country. The Bosnian champion has never played against a Scottish team. The same goes for the Bhoys who have never met a team from Bosnia-Herzegovina.
FK Sarajevo vs Celtic Glasgow Our Best Betting Prediction Explained
It was a great success for FK Sarajevo to become Bosnian champion last season. Participation in qualifying for the Champions League is the deserved reward. The fact that you can now qualify for the group stage seems almost hopeless. Before the kick-off of the first leg between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow we would prefer a tip for a victory for the Scots, even in the first leg. However, it could be a bit harder there, because with their own fans behind the Bosnians hope for a good result. While Sarajevo was unable to convince in preparation, Celtic is undefeated so far.
Key Facts – FK Sarajevo vs Celtic Glasgow tips
⭐️ Sarajevo has lost both official test matches in preparation.
⭐️ For the past eight years, Celtic has always qualified for a group stage in the European Cup.
⭐️ For the first time, Sarajevo and Celtic are facing each other in a football match.
In addition, the Scots have a great deal of international experience, which does not exist among the Bosnians. The roles are therefore very clearly distributed before this duel on Tuesday. Much speaks for a victory of the guests, but Glasgow is above all to assess more strongly at home. We can already imagine that the Scots will win, but the bottom line is that in the duel between FK Sarajevo and Celtic Glasgow we would use the betting odds that both teams will score, but that does not necessarily exclude a victory for the Scots.