Match date: 27 Jul 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 1 (0 AH)
| Match result:
1-1 - Draw
Astana after defending a title in Kazkhstan Premier league in previous season won their placement into Champions league qualifications and started from second round where were better than Lithuanian Zalgiris and won their progress into third round where are welcoming Scottish Celtic in first leg today. Hosts seems to be in good shape but here must show even better skills than in previous round to take advantage over decent side, they must exploit advantage of home field to achieve positive outcome before rematch in Scotland. Hosts are for sure strongest side in their domestic league at the moment but in Europe simple can't achieve some great results, they can't be compared with strongest teams there, in previous season they reached Champions league group stage but ended at last position in their group, it was amazing result for them and now must give their best to repeat it, however it will be very difficult but they have quality to reach final round. In previous round against Zalgiris they failed to celebrate in first leg away from home and match was ended with no goals, later in rematch they were better side and achieved victory with one goal margin and won progress here, now must play on very high level to achieve positive outcome here in front of their fans and wait for the rematch without pressure.
Celtic on the other side won their 5th consecutive title in last season, here are coming after being defeated by English Champions Leicester after penalties in International Champions Cup, before that in previous round in first leg were surprisingly defeated by Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar with narrow result, however at home in rematch achieved convincing victory with three goals scored and now are facing with much stronger side, they should be able to achieve some good results if play here how they can but it will be very hard against unpleasant hosts. Guests are coming here to at least save their net and wait for the rematch, in friendly matches were good and now must show even better performances to achieve positive result. Celtic is offensive minded team, they were on top of scoring charts in Scotland with amazing 93 goals scored in 38 rounds but must show really great offensive skills here to break this defense and celebrate.
Astana showed that they are opponent which is very difficult to defeat, I don't expect some very interesting and open match but hosts won't be defeated here for sure, they are playing good at home and seems closer to a victory.