Celtic may have suffered a reverse in the Europa League on Thursday but domestically the Hoops are absolutely flying so it’s hard not to fear for struggling St Mirren as they head to Parkhead.
Ronny Deila’s boys have won nine on the spin against Scottish opponents so they’re bankers to collect a maximum haul at the expense of a Buddies side looking to arrest a dismal run that has seen them draw two and lose six of their last eight across all competitions.
However, at odds of 1/6 with bet365, a Bhoys success won’t exactly pay off the mortgage so punters will have to look elsewhere if they’re to profit significantly from the likely-looking Celtic triumph.
A decent place to start is the handicaps, where William Hill penalise the Hoops by two goals at odds of 11/10 and as the managerless Paisley outfit have managed just one goal in their last six outings, BetVictor’s 3/4 about a home victory ‘to nil’ is worth an interest.
Punters pushing the boat out can tackle Paddy Power’s 6/1 for Deila’s charges to strike three times without reply and it’s 11/20 (Ladbrokes) for the Bhoys to be in front at both the interval and the final whistle.
Where goals are concerned, it’s easy to envisage a match tally of three or more (9/20, BetVictor) and in terms of who will fire the first, the smart money will be on Celtic front man Anthony Stokes. The Irishman has found some form of late, notching three times in his last four domestic appearances and bet365 rate him at 7/2 to continue in that vein by breaking the deadlock.
Anthony Stokes to score first – 7/2 (bet365)