Going into a cup semi-final against Celtic as huge underdogs will be a familiar experience for Falkirk’s Michael McGovern, who was between the sticks for Ross County when they famously beat the Hoops 2-0 in the last four of the Scottish Cup in 2010. However, but lightning doesn’t look likely to strike twice for the Bairns ‘keeper, who is set to suffer Hampden heartbreak today.
Neil Lennon was Celtic’s caretaker manager for that one but now firmly in position on a permanent basis, the Hoops boss is steering his team towards a treble and Ladbrokes make the league leaders just 1/4 to stay on course for that accolade. Falkirk meanwhile, are as high as 10/1 with William Hill to oust manager Steven Pressley’s former club and Partybets post 9/2 against it finishing all square after 90 minutes.
Nevertheless, the First Division high flyers have the ability to make life difficult for their illustrious opponents by at least finding the net and punters could pocket a few quid by backing both teams to score at 5/4 (William Hill).
Bairns hotshot Farid El Alagui can help in that department having struck against every team he’s faced this term apart from Brechin City. Blue Square rate the Moroccan at 11/1 to send the Falkirk fans into raptures by breaking the deadlock but with the Hoops expected to dominate, the prolific 26-year-old is a better bet at 4/1 with Skybet to net at any time.
Elsewhere, the likelihood that the outsiders will notch at least once lends appeal to bet365’s 4/7 for the clash to produce three or more goals and more accurately Betfred offer 10/1 for Celtic to finish on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline. An early goal isn’t out of the question either and BetVictor offer 5/6 for the opener to arrive inside 27 minutes.
Farid El Alagui to score at any time – 4/1 (Skybet)