Live On ESPN: Sun: 13:30: The Sunday Mail’s Odds Fellow aka betrescue’s Chris Hutcheon previews Sunday’s SPL match between St Mirren and Celtic.
Wise punters that gazed into their crystal balls in midweek and backed both Old Firms team to lose would have bashed the bookies at massive odds of over 80/1 for the double but that’s nothing compared to the 500/1 that was on offer with Paddy Power for a 4-0 home win the last time St Mirren hosted Celtic back in March.
However, those expecting lightning to strike twice and Celtic to dip again in Paisley today will probably be disappointed. The Hoops are just 2/7 with Ladbrokes to get back to winning ways at the expense of the Buddies, bet365’s 11/1 outsiders and despite Danny Lennon’s men having won two of their last three to haul themselves off the foot of the table, it’s the visitors that can secure the points.
Neil Lennon’s side have managed five wins on the road this season and four of those have been by a solitary goal, a trend that is 13/5 (William Hill) to continue today. Partybets’ 7/1 for Celtic to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline could be worth a quid then and as the hosts have managed to find the net in ten of their dozen games, it looks like both teams will score at St Mirren Park, an outcome Betfred offer at even money.
Sticking with goals, it’s a contest that should produce more than 2.5 (4/6, Betdaq) and the first of those could arrive sooner rather than later, Stan James posting 10/11 against someone taking the lead inside the opening 27 minutes. With seven goals in five games meanwhile, Hoops marksman Gary Hooper’s confidence is sky high and the former Scunthorpe man is an eye catching 7/2 with Coral to break the deadlock.