Premiership leaders Celtic have suffered just one domestic defeat at home all season, the Hoops succumbing to Ali Crawford’s solitary strike as Hamilton plundered three Parkhead points back in October. Bookies and punters alike however, are convinced that lightning won’t strike twice so the Accies are a 16/1 shot with BetVictor to do the business as the two sides renew hostilities.
Coming in to the clash on the back of six consecutive league victories, Ronny Deila’s troops are just 1/5 via Stan James to make it seven on the spin and the hosts’ likely dominance is underlined by the fact that betway price any outcome other than a home win at as high as 7/2.
Sceptics might subscribe to the theory that the Bhoys will be fatigued – both physically and mentally – following Thursday’s thrilling Europa League ding-dong with Inter but even if that is the case, Hamilton have shown no evidence of late that they’re capable of capitalising. Indeed, they’re without a win in seven games, losing five of them and the Accies have found the net in only two of those matches.
Subsequently, there’s likely to be money for Paddy Power’s 5/6 about a Celtic triumph ‘to nil’, Hills chalk the Hoops up at 11/2 to notch twice without reply and for punters seeking safer options, Deila’s charges are 8/13 (Ladbrokes) to lead at the end of each half. Skybet meanwhile, rate them at identical odds in the handicaps, where they start a goal in arrears.
In the ever-popular first scorer betting, Stuart Armstrong catches the eye at 13/2 courtesy of BetVictor having struck twice in his three outings since joining the club from Dundee United but with three in his last three league and cup appearances, Leigh Griffiths gets the nod at 4/1 (Boylesports).
Leigh Griffiths to score first – 4/1 (Boylesports)