UEL: FKS vs Celtic

Sarajevo vs Celtic is the matchup of two teams that have failed in the qualifying round of the Champions League 2020/21.  Both had to stop in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Sarajevo's failure was not too surprising.  They were eliminated by Dynamo Brest, a competitor with more experience in the continental arena.  Meanwhile, the fact that Celtic lost 1-2 to Ferencvarosi is still one of the shocks of the Champions League this season.

Falling into the Europa League qualifiers, Sarajevo and Celtic both played well.  Sarajevo defeated Buducnost Podgorica 2-1 in the third qualifying round. Celtic, despite being a guest against Riga RC, still made it to the Play-off round with a 1-0 win thanks to a Mohamed Elyounoussi strike.

With Sarajevo, this is the third time in history that they have won the right to participate in the Play-off round of the Europa League.  In both previous attempts, Sarajevo was unable to continue: losing to CFR Cluj in 2009/10 and to Borossia Monchengladbach in 2014/15.

 Meanwhile, this is the third time Celtic have participated in the Play-off round since the tournament was renamed the Europa League.  The representatives of Scotland have both won the group stage: won FK Suduva in 2018/19 and won CFR AIK in 2019/20.

The above correlation shows that Celtic is much more experienced than Sarajevo in the European arena.  On the other hand, Celtic are of course more qualified than the representatives of Bosnia.  So, despite being a guest in this Play-off round, Celtic is likely to still beat Sarajevo to reach the group stage. 

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