Live on Skysports 1: Sun 12.30: Celtic have had joy against Aberdeen all season and the Hoops are 4/9 (Ladbrokes) to win in 90 mins.
Celtic have enjoyed meeting Aberdeen this season, beating the Dons on all four occasions, smashing in 17 goals and only conceding once in the process, so it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that the Hoops deserve to be favourites ahead of the pair’s cup semi-final showdown this afternoon.
Ladbrokes make Neil Lennon’s men 4/9 to reach the final at the first attempt and as Aberdeen, Totesport’s 13/2 outsiders, have lost four in a row that seems fair enough. However, at that price a Celtic triumph won’t exactly pay off the mortgage and punters should instead cash-in by combining a Hoops triumph with a high-scoring match.
They’ve scored for fun against the Dons this term in a fixture that tends to produce goals anyway and it’s 7/10 (Partybets) for at least three to go in, in this one. Sportingbet offer 2/1 for there to be four or more but the best bet is bet365’s 21/20 for Lennon’s boys to come out on top and the match to feature over 2.5 goals.
More specifically, a 3-1 Celtic success is 11/1 with Coral and William Hill offer 19/20 for both teams to find the net at Hampden Park, where Stan James price the Hoops at 6/5 when starting from a goal behind in the handicaps.
With plenty of goals on the cards, the deadlock could be broken early and it’s evens (Totesport) for the opener to arrive before the 26th minute. Meanwhile it’s hard not to fancy Anthony Stokes to bag against Craig Brown’s charges. The Irish striker seems to have the measure of the Dons defence having found the net in all four of the Hoops victories against them and he’s 6/5 (bet365) to score again here. Paddy Power make him 7/2 to notch first.
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