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Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar Tips - Back David Turnbull as anytime goal scorer

  • Europa League play-off 1st leg set at Celtic Park on Wednesday (19:45 BST)
  • Celtic have won their last 4 games in all competitions
  • AZ are coming off a loss in the Eredivisie
  • This is the first ever meeting between the two sides
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Celtic face a two-legged play-off in a bid to reach the Europa League group stage and we have studied the odds to bring you some Celtic v AZ Alkmaar betting tips.

The Hoops dispatched Jablonec with ease in the third qualifying round while AZ Alkmaar lost their first competitive game on Saturday.
  • Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Match Odds
  • Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Head-to-head
  • Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Team News
  • Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Key Battles

Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Match Odds


Celtic face a tough clash to reach the Europa League group stages.

Having beaten Jablonec 7-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round, Celtic are 23/10 to win the first-leg tie.

The Hoops made a poor start to the Scottish Premiership, losing 2-1 at Hearts, whom they faced again in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday.

Ange Postecoglou appears to have found a settled formation after taking four games to get off the mark since arriving as manager.

The 6-0 demolition of Dundee last weekend was followed by a 3-0 home win over Jablonec in the second leg of their third qualifying-round tie.

The Hoops face a side who are considered one of the growing forces in the Netherlands after their third-place finish in the Eredivisie last season.

That followed Pascal Jansen’s side being level on points with leaders Ajax when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the league to be abandoned with nine games remaining the previous campaign.

AZ Alkmaar started the new Eredivisie season on Saturday with a shock 1-0 defeat at RKC Waalwijk, with Michiel Kramer’s goal just before the interval proving decisive.

AZ are 9/4 to win the first leg while the draw is available at 5/2.

Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Head-to-head


This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

Celtic have scored at least once in each of their last seven competitive games and are 3/1 to win to nil and are 14/5 to win but concede in the Celtic v AZ Alkmaar betting tips.

In their Europa League group stage campaign last year, AZ Alkmaar only missed out on qualification by a point in a section containing Napoli and Real Sociedad, with the young AZ side taking points off both.

AZ Alkmaar are 5/4 to score the first goal in the game and are 7/10 to either win or draw.

Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Team News


AZ Alkmaar may have been one of the top teams in the Netherlands for the past couple of seasons but this is a much-changed group.

Jensen has seen three of his key players depart with the club selling Calvin Stengs to Nice, Myron Boadu to Monaco and Marco Bizot to Brest, which has thought to have brought in around £35million.

On Saturday, captain and talisman Teun Koopmeiners was sensationally dropped from the side, amid transfer speculation linking the 23-year-old with the likes of Arsenal, Atalanta, Roma and Rennes.

The Celtic v AZ Alkmaar betting tips has the Dutch side at odds of 9/2 to win the clash but concede at least once.

Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Key Battles


Celtic have already brought in five first-team players this summer.

However, progress has been quite slow since the double announcement of Joe Hart and James McCarthy on August 3.

Celtic’s full-backs issue has yet to be addressed. There is not much depth and it is asking a lot of 22-year-old Anthony Ralston to remain as the sole right-back, improving though he is, thanks to Postecoglou giving him a little confidence.

He may go up against Jesper Karlsson, who is one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe, and that will be a major test for Ralston and Celtic.

The Hoops are 8/13 to win either half and it is 15/2 for a 2-1 Celtic victory in the Celtic v AZ Alkmaar betting tips.

Verdict

There's a price boost for David Turnbull as anytime goal scorer in this match and we are backing that up.

Best Bet: David Turnbull Anytime Goal Scorer @300 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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