Celtic’s last trip to Tannadice back in May, ended in a 1-0 defeat, a repeat of which is a 16/1 shot today courtesy of bet365, however, by and large Dundee United’s backyard has been a pretty happy hunting ground for the Hoops, who have suffered only one other loss there this century.
Neil Lennon’s team are 8/13 with Paddy Power to keep that run going this afternoon by securing a maximum haul and while sceptics might point to last weekend’s home reverse to Kilmarnock as a reason for caution, it’s worth noting that the champions haven’t lost back-to-back league matches for over four years and in any case, they bounced back from that blip by battering in-form St Johnstone 5-0 in the League Cup in midweek.
Morover, Peter Houston’s side are winless in four in all competitions on their own patch and went through a gruelling 120-minute workout there on Wednesday before succumbing to Hearts on penalties, so they could be a touch jaded ahead of this one.
The Hoops then, are set to chalk up a relatively comfortable triumph and Stan James quote them at a generous 7/5 to possess a lead at the end of each half. Alternatively, the same bookie prices Lennon’s troops at 6/4 in the handicaps, where they kick-off a goal behind and Ladbrokes offer 7/1 about them notching twice without reply.
United aren’t exactly scoring for fun at the minute, they’ve found the net just four times in their last eight outings and that lends appeal to a third consecutive away clean sheet for Celtic in the SPL at 5/4 (William Hill). Combining that shutout with the probable Hoops success meanwhile, returns at a tempting 13/8 via Skybet.
At the other end, Gary Hooper has struck seven times in his last eight league appearances against the Terrors and is also in decent domestic form, with eight goals in six so he’s hard to ignore at 7/2 in bet365’s first scorer betting. BetVictor also price the Bhoys front man at 4/5 to get on the scoresheet at any stage.