Stunned by Inverness in the cup last week, Celtic responded with a victory at Dundee and Ronny Deila’s boys are a banker at 8/15 with Paddy Power to frank that form by bagging another maximum haul as they head to Tayside again, this time to tackle the Terrors.
Dundee United, BetVictor’s 7/1 outsiders, have lost six of their last seven in all competitions, their only victory in that spell coming against hapless freefallers Hamilton and it’s hard to see Jackie McNamara’s men turning the corner at the expense of a Hoops outfit edging closer to the title.
Sceptics will point out that it’s a case of honours even in the pair’s three Tannadice battles this term, the pair having picked up a victory each and finished all square in the cup but recent form provides the best yardstick and of the pair’s four meetings in March, the Bhoys eased to three relatively comfortably victories.
They keep clean sheets in all of those matches so a triumph ‘to nil’ at 5/4 via betway isn’t without appeal and as the visitors also catch the eye at 11/10 in Stan James’s handicaps, where they start a goal in arrears, a case can be made for Hills’ 13/2 about Celtic netting twice without reply.
Elsewhere, in four of the pair’s six renewals this season the Hoops have notched in the first period so they should lead at the end of each half (11/10, Skybet) and punters after a banker could do worse than Ladbrokes’s 4/11 for Deila’s men to break the deadlock.
More precisely, Gary Mackay-Steven opened the scoring on Wednesday at Dens Park and did likewise when the teams last faced-off a month ago, factors that make him the value pick at 7/1 (bet365) to strike first against his former club.
Gary Mackay-Steven to score first – 7/1 (bet365)