AZ Alkmaar v Celtic betting tips: Dutch plan to end Hoops’ dreams
Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa League play-off clash
Celtic are in prime position in their bid to reach the Europa League group stage and we have studied the odds to bring you some AZ Alkmaar v Celtic betting tips.
Having dispatched Jablonec with ease in the third qualifying round, the Hoops take a two-goal lead to AZ Alkmaar for the second leg of their play-off qualifier.
The game takes place at the AFAS Stadium on Thursday and is live on Celtic TV, with a 7.15pm BST kick-off.
AZ Alkmaar v Celtic match odds
Celtic bid to defend a 2-0 first-leg lead after goals in each half from Kyogo Furuhashi and James Forrest put the Hoops in the driving seat in their Europa League play-off tie.
Celtic are 9/5 to win the second leg against a side who posed a good attacking threat at Celtic Park.
The result meant a fifth consecutive win for Celtic and a second clean sheet in five European ties this season. They are 4/1 to not be breached in Alkmaar.
Boss Ange Postecoglou, whose side thrashed 10-man St Mirren 6-0 at home on Saturday, said: “We will go there and try impose our football on the game. If you start thinking about protection, you give them a bit of an advantage.”
Pascal Jansen saw his AZ Alkmaar side go close on a number of occasions, with Joe Hart getting a touch on a shot to knock the ball onto the post while Anthony Ralston and Stephen Welsh in particular produced fine defensive displays.
AZ Alkmaar are one of the growing forces in the Netherlands, following their third-place finish in the Eredivisie last season.
AZ Alkmaar v Celtic head-to-head
Celtic have scored at least once in each of their nine competitive games this season and have kept clean sheets in four of their last five. They are 13/4 to win but concede and it is 11/2 they win to nil.
Postecoglou, the former Australia boss, has his sights firmly set on a fifth consecutive Europa League group-stage appearance for Celtic.
The odds are 4/7 for Celtic to win or draw the game in the Double Chance market.
AZ Alkmaar started the new Eredivisie season last week with a shock 1-0 defeat at RKC Waalwijk but had the luxury of resting players at the weekend.
They kept three consecutive clean sheets in their last three competitive games last season and are 21/5 to win to nil in the AZ Alkmaar v Celtic betting tips.
AZ Alkmaar v Celtic team news
Jesper Karlsson, who is one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe, returns after suspension for AZ Alkmaar.
Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie missed the first leg after picking up a knock in training but made his return against St Mirren on Saturday and is set to start.
Celtic v AZ Alkmaar key battles
AZ Alkmaar are vying for a third consecutive group-stage appearance in the Europa League and have never been knocked out at this stage when they have progressed this far previously.
Karlsson could be key to their progression. He is likely to face 22-year-old defender Ralston, who is inexperienced at this level and AZ Alkmaar are 4/6 to win either half.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication