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“After their up and down tie against minnows Red Imps in the last qualifying round, Celtic head back into action as they take on Astana on Wednesday night. This is the first leg of the third qualifying round, so still some way to go before the group stage. They take on Kazakhstan side FC Astana in this round and therefore face a long old trek out west to deal with this first leg. Celtic did make light work of their second game against Lincoln Red Imps in the last round after their embarrassing defeat in the first leg. In between that, Celtic also played out a friendly against Leicester in the International Champions Cup, losing out on penalties. So the games are coming thick and fast for them at the moment and Rodgers needs a good performance from his side out on the road on Wednesday. These two have never met before but Celtic have face a side from Kazakhstan before. That was Shakhter Karagandy in the 20013 Play Off Round in the UEFA Champions League. This went the way of the Scottish outfit as they won 3-2 on aggregate, turning the tie around after having lost 2-0 in Astana, which is where they are heading this week. This is likey going to be a tight first game and you have a quote of under 2.5 goals running at 1/2 with online betting site Bet365 for the match. Celtic don’t have a rich history of form running out on the road in European competition and aren’t usually that reliable away from home, as we saw in the last round. Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts were on the scoresheet in the second leg against Lincoln and the former is usually worth backing to get on the end of something in the game. Wait for live in play betting though to judge how things are going for the goalscorer markets. The pressure is increasing for Celtic, who probably didn’t need that extra game against Leicester squeezed in there. The bookmaker is not expecting goals to flow in this one as you have a shot of even money on both teams scoring in the match. Astana needed an injury time goal at the end of their second leg against Zalgiris in the last round to get through to this stage with a 2-1 win on the night. That was a game at home and so nearly bowed out on away goal. You feel though that their best chance of getting through this tie is putting something on the board then defending as much as they can back at Parkhead. Astana were in the group stage last season of the UEFA Champions League having come through qualifying, They posted just three wins from twelve games in total in last season’s campaign. Prediction-Would settle for the draw on this one. This is a horrible, long trip for Celtic to go through and this should just be about getting through the tie unscathed and then delivering the goods back on home soil. Both of Astana’s goals this season have come from defenders, so Celtic may be all right here in settling for a share of the spoils.”