Bookies reckon the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown between Celtic and Inverness is a done deal, Stan James pricing the Hoops at 2/5 to book their place in final on May 30th at the first attempt, but before you stick your bank on Ronny Deila’s boys getting the job done, it might not be as cut-and-dried as the layers think.
For starters, the pair drew one-apiece in the Highlands last Saturday while John Hughes’s stubborn side have only lost one of their three meetings against the Bhoys this term, going down just 1-0 at Parkhead way back in August.
Admittedly, their two positive results against Celtic this term, a 1-0 victory and that 1-1 draw a week ago, both came on Caley Thistle’s own patch but Hampden Park is neutral territory so there’s no advantage to either team and as Inverness have only lost by more than one goal on one occasion this season, a close affair is almost guaranteed.
On that basis the odds certainly appear a touch lop-sided and Hughes’s troops should be nowhere near as high as the 7/1 posted against them by BetVictor. Of course, against a team of Celtic’s quality they’re far from a banker but punters can still bag a hefty return with a small flutter on the underdogs if they upset the applecart.
Bet365’s 7/2 about another stalemate might lure a few, although Caley Thistle are a better bet at 13/2 in BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market. Alternatively, Stan James quote 19/5 for Inverness to ultimately reach the final, those that remain unconvinced can back the Highlanders at 10/13 via Winner.com when starting two goals to the good in the handicaps and in a fixture that looks a banker at 11/10 with the same firm to produce fewer than three goals, Hughes’s men are massive at 22/1 (Paddy Power) to grab the only one.
Inverness to beat Celtic ‘Draw No Bet’ – 13/2 (BetVictor)