Celtic and Liverpool both sitting pretty heading into second legs

Date published: Saturday 19th August 2017 10:35

Celtic comfortably beat FC Astana in the first leg of the Champions League qualifiers at home, however the leg is not over as they now have a long trip to Kazakhstan to face a side that are eager for revenge.

Sinclair, who scored twice in the first leg has said: “I wouldn’t say it was easy, I think we made it look easy.

“I think every game is so hard and, just the way we played tonight, it probably looked like it was easy.”

They go into Tuesday’s game full of confidence, but there are still 90 minutes left and anything can happen in football.

“We’re 90 minutes away from the promised land” claims Leigh Griffiths, who scored the last goal in the dying minutes of the first leg.

Last year Celtic struggled in the Champions League playoffs, only managing to beat Hapoael Be’er Sheva by one goal in a 5-4 aggregate.

Will we see another comeback from the opposing side this season? Or are Celtic now ready to show that they are a great side and can compete in Europe against the best.

There are great odds for Celtic to win against Astana on Tuesday night, or you can bet on Astana getting their revenge and a win for the home side. You can compare the football betting tips for the match and the other champions league matches here.

The other matches on Tuesday night will invole HNK Rijeka hosting Olympiakos, losing 2-1 on aggregate. NK Maribor are 1 goal in the lead against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, also a 2-1 score aggregate.

Napoli are comfortable beating Nice with a 2-0-win last week and now travel to France in what could be an interesting fixture.

Finally, Sevilla had a narrow 2-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir but now are hosts for the second leg in Spain.

Liverpool are facing a more tougher side than Celtic’s opponent and will have to work for their qualification into Europe.

They should be thrilled after travelling to Hoffenheim and beating them 2-1, however the late goal they conceded in the dying minutes will frustrate Jurgen Klopp.

It was a very close game and the Reds were lucky to grab two goals without conceding for most of the game as 1899 Hoffenheim had a penalty awarded in the 11th minute, which was poorly taken from Andrej Kramaric.

Liverpool must be happy with the win as no Bundesliga side was able to win at the Rhein-Necklar-Arena last season. They didn’t even have Coutinho in the squad due to a back injury. They must take the positives from this match and they will be firm favourites to qualify for the Champions League.

Klopp has claimed that it was “An OK result” and “if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result” Hoffeinheim coach claimed that their side “deserved to at least have had a draw” and were “unfortunate” This certainly should be an exciting game.

On Wednesday night Copenhagen host FK Quarbag, who are a goal down from the first leg. Slavia Prague face Apoel Nicosia and CSKA Moscow are a goal in the lead against Young Boys. Finally, Steaua Bucharest host Sporting Lisbon with the only 0-0 result from the first leg.

Two exciting nights of football awaits.

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