Football betting: Live on ESPN & Skysports 4: Sun 12.00 & 14.00: Motherwell v Celtic: Both sides are hurting from Europa League exits; neither defence can be trusted, so cash in on goals. Compare SPL odds.
Both Celtic and Motherwell suffered Europa League misery on Thursday although having chucked away a two-goal lead, the Hoops’ disappointment will be more pronounced. The pair are looking to bounce back as they lock horns today and while it’s Neil Lennon’s troops that are strong favourites at 4/7 with Ladbrokes to land the points at the expense of the ‘Steelmen, Victor Chandler’s 5/1 outsiders; Celtic were so shoddy defensively against Utrecht, it’s hard to trust them at Fir Park.
However, Craig Brown’s men have done little so far this term to convince punters that they’re a viable bet to even grab a draw at 3/1 (Betdaq), so swerving wagers on the winner of the match and going for goals might be the best way to bash the bookies.
Both defences look vulnerable and at better odds than an away win, punters can pile into a match total of three or more goals at 3/4 with bet365 and even better is Stan James’ even money for both teams to get on the scoresheet. Furthermore, a goal early in proceedings isn’t out of the question and Totesport offer 21/20 for the deadlock to be broken inside 28 minutes.
Obviously it’s easier to lean towards the visitors in general and if pushed, Stan James’ 7/1 for the Hoops to shade it 2-1 is the most attractive correct score. Meanwhile, Georgios Samaras is Totesport’s 4/1 favourite to open the scoring but that looks skinny so it could perhaps be more prudent to think outside of the box and in that department Efran Juarez fits the bill; the Mexican a generous 7/1 with William Hill to get on the scoresheet at any time.
Hibs performed relatively well last weekend despite losing 3-0 to Rangers and they should have too much for shaky St Mirren this afternoon. John Hughes’ boys are 5/4 with Jaxx.com to overcome the Buddies and 888Sport make them 3/1 to do so by a solitary goal. The Hibees’ neighbours Hearts, at 13/10 with Paddy Power, can make it an Edinburgh double at Tynecastle as they take on a Dundee United side who have made a pretty sluggish start to the campaign.