SPL leaders Celtic arrive at Fir Park bang in form and scoring for fun and Neil Lennon’s men look a banker at 8/15 with Paddy Power to see off Motherwell. The Hoops have won seven of their last eight culminating in last week’s 3-0 hammering of Rangers and they’ve racked up an impressive 19 goals in six in all competitions. This doesn’t bode well for the injury-hit hosts, 6/1 outsiders, who shipped six goals at Ibrox just a fortnight ago.
Stuart McCall’s troops couldn’t break down St Mirren in midweek and with so many absentees they can’t be expected to score past the Hoops. A victory ‘to nil’ for Celtic at 11/8 with 888Sport is a cracking bet then and Ladbrokes make Lennon’s charges 6/1 to notch twice without reply.
Hills make the table-toppers a tasty 23/20 to win by at least two clear goals while ‘Well’s lengthy casualty list and Celtic’s scoring rate of late, mean it might be worth a quid or two on the visitors finding the net at least three times at 13/8 with Coral.
In that department, Anthony Stokes could be the man to watch for the Hoops. The Irishman only made the bench in last week’s Old Firm showdown despite firing nine goals in his last seven starts, but he’ll be hoping to return to the first eleven today and if he does, Stokes will be worth a flutter at 4/1 with Betfred to break the Fir Park deadlock.
Rangers conjured up the perfect response to their Parkhead shocker on Thursday, grabbing a last-gasp leveller in Lisbon to progress in the Europa League and Walter Smith’s buoyant boys are just 1/4 at Stan James to follow that up by beating St Johnstone at Ibrox.
The ‘Gers are 3/4 (Partybets) to combine victory with a clean sheet against the goal-shy Saints and at the other end, Nikica Jelavic should return to the fold after missing the 2-2 draw in Portugal and he’s 15/4 at bet365 to open the scoring.