Dundee United defied some shaky recent form to hold Celtic to a draw in the FA Cup last time out, the Terrors clinging on despite only having nine men to the Hoops’ ten for the final 40 minutes of a bad-tempered affair. However, the testing conditions were in United’s favour a week ago and on a slicker Hampden Park surface, Ronny Deila’s boys should be able to make their extra quality tell in the League Cup Final.
Accordingly, bet365 chalk the Bhoys up at just 8/15 to claim the first silverware of the campaign in normal time while Jackie McNamara’s troops are Winner.com’s 6/1 underdogs and Skybet make them 7/2 to secure another stalemate over the 90 minutes.
There’s been money this week for Celtic to combine victory with a clean sheet (6/4, Paddy Power) but Deila’s defence conceded last Sunday and can do so again so a case can be made for both teams to find the net at 10/11 (Ladbrokes).
The Hoops are unlikely to have it all their way too, with United capable of playing their part and Stan James offer a generous 14/5 about the hot favourites only edging it by a one-goal margin. More accurately, bet365 quote them at 7/1 to shade it 2-1 and it’s 11/5 at 888Sport for the Bhoys to emerge triumphant without keeping a clean sheet.
Three red cards were brandished when the two faced-off at Tannadice a week ago and there could be money, at 9/4 via BetVictor, for referee Bobby Madden to send someone off in this one. Leigh Griffiths finally, has proven popular in betway’s first scorer betting, following his leveller last Sunday.
Celtic to win and both teams to score – 11/5 (888Sport)