Kick-off: 1700, 10/07/2018
Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
TV: Premier Sports
Celtic will travel to Yerevan for their Champions League qualifying clash against Alashkert full of confidence and should outclass the Armenian outfit.
The Scottish champions warmed up for this trip with a 7-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers and are looking to reach the group stage for a third straight season.
We’re snapping up 4/5 for the Hoops to claim a clinical win to nil for our first Alashkert vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Alashkert’s Betting Odds
Alashkert are not unknown to Scottish football fans, having knocked St Johnstone out in a Europa League qualifier three years ago.
The Saints lost 1-0 in Armenia and then went out via the away goals rule following a 2-1 victory in the return fixture at McDiarmid Park.
For the past couple of seasons, Alashkert have overcome Andorran side Santa Coloma at this stage of this competition.
Subsequent losses to Dinamo Tbilisi and Bate Borisov suggest Celtic should have their measure, although the Yellows were not disgraced when beaten 3-1 and 4-2 on aggregate.
Alashkert have seen some changes this year, though, with long-time manager Abraham Khashmanyan and several key players moving on after a hat-trick of domestic title triumphs.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Soaring temperatures could prove Celtic’s biggest obstacle, with a 39 degrees forecast for Yerevan giving Brendan Rodgers something to think about.
However, he will have been buoyed by the big win over Shamrock, with Moussa Dembele and Odsdonne Edouard among those on target.
Rodgers said of the French strike pair: “I thought they were excellent, really powerful and dynamic.
“It was a very good exercise. The first 65 minutes, the team looked very strong and powerful and scored some very good goals.
“We need some more work on the shape of the team in terms of some of the relationships within it, especially defensively, but keeping a clean sheet was good.”
Rodgers may look to get on top early on, before allowing his players to ease down in the heat.
That makes 21/10 for the Hoops to score more goals in the first half than the second worth adding to our Alashkert vs Celtic betting tips.
ALASHKERT 2-0 Grandzasar
CELTIC 2-0 Motherwell