Punters probably lost a packet backing Hibs to beat St Mirren last weekend and saw their cash disappear inside half an hour as Terry Butcher’s boys went 3-0 down but that’s not the only reason most people will be steering clear of the Easter Road outfit this weekend. The other is the fact that they come up against champions Celtic, who head to Edinburgh having won ten Premiership matches on the spin.
The pair’s other meeting at the same venue this term ended in stalemate, an outcome that has already attracted cash at 17/4 (bet365) and BetVictor go 9/1 about a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from that October scrap. However, given Celtic’s current form, it seems unlikely that lightning will strike twice and after easing to victory against Motherwell last time out; the visitors look set for another relatively comfortable afternoon.
Lennon’s charges haven’t even conceded a goal in eight league outings, so Stan James can expect trade for the 13/10 they post against the leaders prevailing ‘to nil’ again and Winner.com quote odds of 13/2 for the Hoops to notch twice without reply.
Alternatively, in the handicaps, punters can double their money by backing the Bhoys at evens (Stan James), when kicking off a goal in arrears and it’s a shade of odds-on at 39/40 via BetVictor for Celtic dominance in the shape of a lead at the end of each half.
In attack, Kris Commons’ remarkable season continued last time out as he bagged his second brace in as many games to take his tally to ten goals in nine Premiership appearances. Bookies have reacted accordingly, bet365 installing the Hoops attacker as their 10/3 favourite to break the deadlock and the same firm make him 4/1 to net twice at least for the third successive match.
Kris Commons to score two or more – 4/1 (bet365)