Five wins and two defeats from nine matches doesn’t look like too bad a record but when you consider that Celtic had amassed six more points after the same number of fixtures last term and were unbeaten to boot, it’s clear that the Hoops have some improving to do.
They’re still emphatic title favourites of course, at odds no better than bet365’s 1/14, despite being well adrift of the Premiership summit but they’ve already lost twice as many league games as they did during the whole of last season and that’s not what was expected of Ronny Deila’s men at this stage.
However, it’s been a good week for the Bhoys, who looked more like their old selves as they hammered Ross County before seeing off Astra Giurgiu and they can build on that by easing past Killie this afternoon.
Admittedly, the visitors are flying and travel to Parkhead on the back of three straight victories but Celtic have won five on the spin against Kilmarnock and can justify their 1/4 favouritism with Hills by sending Stan James’s 12/1 underdogs home empty-handed.
Nevertheless, they might not have it all their own way and indeed the form of Allan Johnston’s side suggests that both teams will score (5/6, Winner.com). Bolder punters might fancy a flutter on a 3-1 home win then, at 10/1 via BetVictor and betway price Deila’s team at 17/10 to prevail but also concede at least once.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Hoops marksman John Guidetti heads the first scorer betting at 3/1 (Skybet) but with the Ayrshire outfit likely to get on the scoresheet a bolder selection stands out. Killie attacker Temitope Obadeyi has struck three times in his last three matches and is undoubtedly overpriced at a hefty 11/2 via bet365 to notch at any point in this one.