AIK hosts Celtic at the Friends Arena in Solna in a second leg from the Europa League
AIK hosts Celtic at the Friends Arena in Solna in a second leg from the Europa League playoffs. After a clear 2-0 win in the first game in Glasgow, Celtic are very close to reaching the group stage. But they still have some work to do. Let’s examine this fixture in our Europa League predictions.
Everything went according to plan for Celtic in the first leg. The Scottish team scored twice in the second half, deciding the game in their favour. James Forrest opened the score, while Odsonne Edouard doubled the home team’s lead.
This means that AIK are in the position of a huge underdog at the moment. The Swedish team needs to do something heroic in the rematch in order to progress towards the group stage. It’s not impossible, but it’s going to be difficult.
In their last game in the Swedish Allsvenskan AIK enjoyed a win. Rikard Norling’s team visited Ostersunds and enjoyed a 3-1 win. Anton Saletros, Rasmus Lindkvist and Heradi Rashidi scored for the visitors.
Meanwhile Celtic recorded a win against Hearts in a match from the third round of the Scottish Premiership. The champions hosted the Hearts at the Celtic Parc and achieved a win with the same result as AIK in their last match – 3-1. Hearts scored two own goals in the match, while Callum McGregor also put the ball behind Joel Castro’s back.
After surprisingly being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers, for Celtic it’s important to reach the Europa League group stage. The Scottish giants made a huge first step against AIK, but how it’s being said – now they must finish what they started.
These are our Europa League predictions for the match between AIK and Celtic from the competition’s playoffs on Thursday. We believe that Celtic won’t make a mistake here, but let’s see.