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Celtic continue their Europa League qualifying campaign with a testing visit from AZ Alkmaar to Celtic Park this week.
The Bhoys confidently swept aside Jablonec 7-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last week and now they head into their clash with AZ knowing victory will secure a place in the group stage.
Celtic have made light work of finding the net lately with 16 goals in their last four games, and boss Ange Postecoglou will hope his men can maintain that streak.
Kick-off Time and Venue
Celtic take on AZ Alkmaar on 18 August.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time.
It will be played at Parkhead.
What TV channel is Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar on?
Unfortunately this game has not been selected for live broadcast on TV but further rounds of the competition will be shown on BT Sport.
Currently, the only live coverage of the game will be audio commentary via Celtic TV but hope remains that a deal can be struck at the last minute to screen the game.
Fans were made to wait for TV details about their previous round clash with Jablonec before BBC announced they were showing the home game live on their platforms, while the away leg was broadcast by Celtic TV on a pay-per-view basis.
Supporters will hope a similar arrangement can be made for this one.
Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar Head-to-Head
Celtic have never played a match against AZ Alkmaar and will have to solve a few issues ahead of this game. The Scottish giants have hit their stride this week and will set their sights on an aggregate victory.
AZ Alkmaar have faced Scottish opposition on only one occasion, with their previous meeting against Rangers ending in a narrow 1-0 victory in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup
Celtic v AZ Alkmaar Team News
Christopher Jullien, Mikey Johnston, and Karamoko Dembele are injured at the moment and have been ruled out of this match. Ryan Christie is carrying a knock and might not feature 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 a move away from AZ Alkmaar but is likely to play a part this week.
Injured: Owen Wijndal
Suspended: Jesper Karlsson
Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar odds
In working partnership with the Radio Times, bet365 has provided the following betting odds for this event:
bet365 odds: Celtic (11/10) Draw (5/2) AZ Alkmaar (12/5)*
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Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: "I know people say it’s a step up but I have never looked at football that way. One thing football teaches you, if you take anything for granted it will slap you right in the face.
“Every game is important, every game is a challenge. What is paramount for us is, what we have done in the last four or five games, we are increasing and improving our football and the tempo we want to play, especially at home.
“So, irrespective of the opponent, we go into Wednesday night and take that approach.”
Celtic haven’t started the season in airtight fashion having kept just two clean sheets in their seven competitive games so far, though they have scored a raft of goals so far.
Celtic have gone out of European competitions at the hands of far lesser opponents than AZ Alkmaar.
This is a tough test for the Bhoys and they would do well to come through it on equal terms.
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