Surprisingly beaten at home by St Johnstone in midweek and also defeated on their last trip to Tannadice, are Celtic vulnerable as they visit Dundee Utd in the cup quarter final? In short, the answer is no and it’s down to the form of the Terrors rather than any chinks in the Premiership champions’ armour.
Jackie McNamara’s side come into the clash having taken just one point from their last four league matches, United seemingly struggling to come to terms with the departure of both Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven while the Bhoys have been outstanding on the road domestically, that Tannadice reverse the only blemish on a run of eleven wins in 12 trips.
Accordingly, Ronny Deila’s men are 8/15 with Stan James to ease through to the last four at the expense of the Terrors, BetVictor’s 5/1 outsiders. There’s been a bit of interest in a stalemate, now trading at 10/3 via bet365 but keen to bounce back from Wednesday’s shock loss and with a treble in their sights, Celtic should do the business with some to spare.
Stan James rate them at 6/5 to be in front at the end of each half, Celtic are also 6/5 in William Hill’s handicap, where they kick-off a goal behind and more accurately BetVictor quote the Hoops at 15/2 to register a 2-0 success.
In attack, it’s difficult to ignore Anthony Stokes’s record against the hosts. The Irish front man has found the net in seven of his last eight appearances against Dundee United and can be backed at a generous 11/2 (Stan James) to break the deadlock in this one.
Anthony Stokes to score first – 11/2 (Stan James)