Live on Skysports 4: Sun 12.30: Celtic must win at Kilmarnock (4/11, William Hill) and there could be plenty of goals involved.
Celtic were conquered by Caley Thistle last time out and now it’s Killie’s turn to try and strike a killer blow to the Hoops’ hopes of landing the title. However, bookies aren’t expecting lightning to strike twice, so Kenny Shiels’ men are bet365’s 10/1 outsiders to be the second team in a week to send the Hoops home empty-handed and they’re a massive 80/1 with Paddy Power to follow Inverness’ lead by racking up a 3-2 success.
Following Wednesday’s debacle, Neil Lennon will be demanding a response from his players, who are 4/11 with William Hill to bounce back with a victory and it’s hard to see them failing to collect a maximum haul given that they have won on 17 of their last 18 visits to Rugby Park in all competitions.
It has the potential to be a high-scoring affair if the recent results of the pair are anything to go by. For starters, only Hibs and St Mirren have conceded more times at home than the hosts, whose last three matches, including a 4-0 defeat to Celtic, have produced 14 goals while four of the Hoops last five have produced at least four, the goalless Old Firm encounter interrupting that sequence. A tally of at least three looks a banker then at 4/7 with Stan James but punters could pocket a healthier profit by backing William Hill’s 6/4 for the match to generate over 3.5 goals.
If Celtic’s defending in midweek is anything to go by then both teams should get on the scoresheet (evens, ) and at 10/1 with Partybets, a 3-1 triumph for Lennon’s troops isn’t out of the question.
Meanwhile, Kilmarnock’s string-puller-in-chief Alexei Eremenko, who is linked with a move to one of the Old Firm sides, is on offer with Coral at 12/1 to break the deadlock but with seven in his last seven, including a double in defeat against Inverness, Kris Commons catches the eye at 7/2 (Betfred) grab the first goal. Alternatively, with a glut on the cards, Betfred quote 10/11 for that opener to arrive before the 26th minute.
Both teams to score – evens ()
Over 3.5 goals – 6/4 (William Hill)