Back in August, Inverness stunned Parkhead by opening up a two-goal lead against Celtic before the champions fought back to secure a point and there are plenty of punters that believe they can replenish the Christmas coffers today by backing Caley Thistle at 3/1 with BetVictor to grab a share of the spoils as the teams renew hostilities in the Highlands.
The Hoops however, have won seven of the pair’s last nine meetings as well as seven of their eight fixtures on the road this term so they’re hard to oppose and bookies agree, Skybet installing Neil Lennon’s boys as odds-on, 4/7 favourites.
Unless you bagged a bundle on Boxing Day and are looking to reinvest on a banker, that’s a price for accumulator fans only but there are potentially ways to make healthy gains from the expected Bhoys triumph at the Caledonian Stadium.
For starters, John Hughes’s charges are resilient enough to ensure it’s a tight affair, especially as they enjoy home advantage and a case can subsequently made for an away victory by a one-goal margin; an outcome bet365 chalk up at 13/5.
The hosts also have enough about them to get on the scoresheet and BetVictor offer a generous 9/4 about Celtic walking away with a maximum haul but also conceding at least once. Bet365 meanwhile, post 7/1 against a 2-1 success for the visitors.
Alternatively, it’s 4/5 at Stan James for both sides to find the net, a price lent appeal by Inverness’s average of over two goals a game on their own patch and staying with goals, you’d be hard pushed to find a better first scorer candidate than Kris Commons.
The Hoops midfielder has struck eight times in his last five domestic outings and Hills price him at 4/1 to break the deadlock in this one.