Celtic were almost given a run for their money by Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership last season and if that wasn’t warning enough that the Dons were becoming a force to be reckoned with, the Bhoys’ defeat at Pittodrie last weekend has confirmed to Ronny Deila’s men that they have a fight on their hands to defend their league title.
The champions will also be acutely aware that any slip-ups this term are likely to prove more costly so they’re likely to come out all guns blazing as they tackle Dundee at Celtic Park.
The Dark Blues haven’t defeated the Hoops since May 2001, a run stretching back 23 meetings and all but three of those fixtures have ended in a Celtic victory so history is definitely on the side of the hosts, who are just 1/4 with Stan James to come out on top.
Bet365 quote 11/1 about Dundee inflicting a second straight defeat on the Bhoys and it’s 5/1 (BetVictor) for them to claim a more than respectable point but the Hoops have something to prove after their loss a week ago and they look a banker to bounce back in this one.
Nevertheless, Deila’s defence has failed to keep a clean sheet in the last five domestic outings, the loss of Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk perhaps being keenly felt, so the visitors could get on the scoresheet.
BetVictor’s 13/10 for both teams to find the net is as good a bet as any then and in the correct score market it’s 10/1 courtesy of Paddy Power for Deila’s troops to finish on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline.
Celtic to beat Dundee 3-1 – 10/1 (Paddy Power)