Ryan Jack’s strike from the half-way line for Aberdeen on Tuesday condemned St Johnstone to a second defeat on their own patch in the space of four days and home comforts will again be hard to come by for Steve Lomas’ side today as they host Celtic.
Despite exiting the competition, the Hoops gave a good account of themselves at Udinese on Thursday and they look a banker at 8/15 with Stan James to build on that that by inflicting a third straight McDiarmid Park defeat on Saints, Sportingbet’s 6/1 outsiders.
Neil Lennon’s men have been pretty mean at the back of late and that could be the key in Perth. Celtic have kept three clean sheets in a row in the SPL and they can extend that sequence this afternoon by beating St Johnstone ‘to nil’, a result Partybets offer at 6/4.
A 2-0 Hoops victory could provide punters with an early Christmas present then, at odds of 6/1 with Betfred and with the hosts set to draw a blank, it’s worth considering a few quid on a match total of less than three goals at 4/5 (Stan James).
Early strikes had been something of a feature of Hoops matches prior to the 1-0 victory over Hearts and it’s easy to see them getting their noses in front early here. make them a massive 8/5 to notch before the 27-minute mark while Boylesports’ 13/10 for them to lead at the end of each half is also hard to resist.
Finally, in attack, Gary Hooper looks like the man that can do the damage for the visitors. The Celtic front man took his tally to six in six in all competitions as he put his team 1-0 up in the Europa League three days ago and that form suggests that Totesport’s 7/2 for him to break the deadlock again in this one is a little on the high side.