Upsets happen in football, just ask any of the punters that blew their cash on Celtic in any of their five domestic defeats this season, not to mention those sent to the poorhouse by the Hoops’ shock home draw against Arbroath. However, you’d be hard pushed to make a case for a surprise result today at Parkhead, where rock bottom Dundee are the visitors.
Three draws is as good as it has got for the Dark Blues in the last dozen SPL games and over the course of the season they’ve racked up just 14 points and 14 goals in 26 outings. Little wonder then, that bet365 price the managerless visitors at 22/1 to grab a maximum haul at the expense of Neil Lennon’s men, who are 1/6 at best courtesy of Coral.
Obviously, that quote for a Celtic success is unlikely to pay off the mortgage so it could be a case of trying to pinpoint the size of what seems to be an inevitable victory and while Paddy Power are wary of an emphatic triumph, offering 13/5 about the Hoops in the handicaps, when starting three goals behind, a four-goal thrashing isn’t on the cards.
Having parted company with boss Barry Smith this week, Dundee might enjoy a slight spike in performance, as is often the case when there’s a change at the helm and Lennon’s men have only struck twice in each of the two other meetings with the Dark Blues this term.
A triumph by a couple of goals looks like the most likely outcome then and as Stan James’ 4/9 is the best price marked against Celtic, starting a goal in arrears in the handicaps, it’s worth considering Skybet’s 3/1 for the Hoops to prevail by exactly two.
Alternatively, Hills rate the hosts at 11/2 to register a third 2-0 win of the campaign against Dundee and Ladbrokes make them 3/4 to combine victory with a clean sheet. Meanwhile, at the other end, Kris Commons has struck four times in as many domestic appearances and he’s 9/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock in this one.