Live on ESPN: Sun 12.00: Celtic are Stan James’ 8/13 favourites but Dundee United could make life tough for them at Tannadice.
Dundee United haven’t lost in any competition for three months and have only tasted defeat four times in their last ten meetings with Celtic, a record that only Rangers can better. The Terrors are a tough side to beat then and punters should tread carefully today at Tannadice, even though Neil Lennon’s side are strong favourites at 8/13 with Stan James.
Nevertheless, Peter Houston’s troops have only seen off the Hoops once in those ten matches while Celtic go into the clash on a high after booking a cup replay against Rangers with only ten men at Ibrox a week ago. Betfred’s 9/2 for a home win therefore looks risky, but a draw at 3/1 (Ladbrokes) isn’t out of the question.
The Terrors have found the net in every league game they have played since the 26th October, only a couple of 0-0 draws in the cup puncturing the sequence and Celtic’s scoring run stretches almost as far. William Hill’s 4/5 for both teams to get on the scoresheet looks a safe bet then and Totesport mark a tempting 6/1 against the match finishing one apiece.
Punters after a banker should look no further than the handicaps where Coral give the hosts a two-goal start at odds of 4/9, a bet that will pay out even if United lose by one, meanwhile bet365 offer 7/5 for scores to be level at the break in what looks certain to be a tight affair and with defences likely to be on top in the early stages, it could take a while for the deadlock to be broken.
That opener is 10/11 with Paddy Power to arrive after the 24-minute mark and staying with goals, the man that could have an influence in that department is Kris Commons. The Hoops new boy has made a flying start to his Parkhead career, notching twice in his first three and he added to that by grabbing a goal for Scotland in midweek. Commons is 5/1 (Totesport) to strike first this afternoon and 11/8 with 888Sport to net at any stage.