Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar prediction, preview, team news and more
The UEFA Europa League is back in action with another round of qualifying this week as Celtic take on AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. Both teams have impressive players in their ranks and have a point to prove this week.
Celtic have had a tough year and conceded their league title to Rangers last season. The Scottish giants have improved under Ange Postecoglou and will want to prove their mettle in this game.
AZ Alkmaar, meanwhile, finished third in the Eredivisie last season and expect to feature well in the Europa League this year. The Dutch side were stunned by RKC Waalwijk this weekend and will have to bounce back in this game.
Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar Head to Head
Celtic have never played a game against AZ Alkmaar and will have to resolve a few issues ahead of this game. The Scottish giants have hit their stride this week and will aim for an overall victory.
AZ Alkmaar have only faced the Scottish team once, with their previous encounter against Rangers ending in a narrow 1-0 win in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup.
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Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar team news
Christopher Jullien, Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele are currently injured and have been excluded from this match. Ryan Christie takes a hit and might not appear in this game.
Injured: Christopher Jullien, Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele
Doubtful: Ryan christie
Owen Wijndal is currently injured and has been ruled out of the game against Celtic this week. Teun Koopmeiners is considering leaving AZ Alkmaar but is expected to play a role this week.
Injured: Owen Wijndal
Suspended: Jesper karlsson
Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar Predicts XI
Celtic Predicted XI (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Anthony Ralston, Stephen Welsh, Carl Starfelt, Greg Taylor; Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull; Liel Abada, Odsonne Edouard, Kyogo Furuhashi
AZ Alkmaar Predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Hobie Verhulst; Yukinari Sugawara, Bruno Martins Indi, Pantelis Chatzidiakos, Maxim Gullit; Teun Koopmeiners, Jordy Clasie, Dani de Wit; Vangelis Pavlidis, Albert Gudmundsson, Zakaria Aboukhlal
Prediction Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar
Celtic have recovered from their fall and have scored 12 astonishing goals in their last three games. Ange Postecoglou is starting to mark his authority aside and has a point to prove this week.
The AZ Alkmaar can pack a punch in their day, but have been pretty inconsistent over the past year. Celtic are the better team right now and have a slight advantage going into this game.
Prediction: Celtic 2-1 AZ Alkmaar
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