FK Sarajevo vs Celtic predictions and betting tips for the Champions League qualifying first leg on Tuesday 9th July. Celtic begin their long road to the group stages of the competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.
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This won’t be an easy tie for Celtic but Neil Lennon will be hoping his side can get a crucial first leg lead to ease some of the pressure he is already under from some fans. A lot of people didn’t think Lennon was the right man to replace Brendan Rodgers but after sealing another domestic treble, he now looks to emulate what Rodgers did in two of his three seasons at Celtic Park and guide the Hoops into the group stages of the Champions League.
With a limited transfer budget at the moment, Lennon will know that the further they go into the Champions League will improve his chances of getting fund to buy new players. Rodgers doesn’t have this problem at Leicester and they may have already found a replacement for Harry Maguire.
FK Sarajevo are a strong side at home and the two goals they conceded in a friendly at the weekend were the first they had let in at home in seven matches. They’ve only been in the Champions League qualifiers once since 2007 and they have failed to score in their last six in this competition.
There could be goals in this match. Celtic will want to put the tie to bed before going back to Celtic Park and Sarajevo know that they need to get a result to keep their chances alive.
Last season, over 2.5 goals were scored in four of Celtic’s six Champions League qualifying games and we’re expecting the same to happen for our Sarajevo vs Celtic predictions this week.
Elsewhere, we’re going for a correct score bet of Celtic to win 3-0. This was the scoreline they won in both legs of their first round of qualifying last season and a performance to put the tie to bed would get the hoops off to a great start in their quest to go one better than last season and get back into the group stages.
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