Partick vs Celtic: Thistle appeal in handicap betting

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Kick Off: 1945, 11/08/2017

Stadium: Firhill Stadium

TV: BT Sport 1

Partick were one of only four teams to take a point off Celtic last season and may benefit from the timing of Friday night’s Scottish Premiership fixture at Firhill.

The Hoops have started the new campaign off in formidable form again but could be forgiven for having one eye on next Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Astana.

With that in mind, we’re backing Thistle at 23/20 with two goals start on the handicap list for our Partick vs Celtic betting predictions.

A Look At Partick Thistle’s Betting Odds

Partick sneaked into the top six last term and among the pick of their results was a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park in April, with Ade Azeez equalising after Scott Sinclair’s opener.

They also only went down 1-0 at the same venue just before Christmas, so can clearly rise to the occasion, even if suffering two emphatic home defeats against the champions.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald was upset with some individual errors when giving the ball away too easily in last week’s 3-1 Premiership loss at Hibs.

He declared: “We need to make sure we’ve got the right approach and mind-set to manage the game.”

That comment seemed to get through to the players in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at St Johnstone, which saw them reach the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2014.

Thistle have now netted in all six league and cup games this term, so 23/20 for both teams to score is worth including in our Partick vs Celtic betting tips.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

Of course, it would be foolish to underestimate Celtic whatever the circumstances and they followed up a 4-1 Premiership defeat of Hearts by crushing Kilmarnock 5-0 in the cup, despite making wholesale changes.

Only Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney and Leigh Griffiths kept their places as Brendan Rodgers fielded five teenagers in midweek.

However, any margin of victory would suffice at Firhill, before the focus switches to qualifying for the Champions League group stage once again.

Looking at the Partick vs Celtic odds, we like 31/4 for the visitors to prevail 2-1.

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Last result:

St Johnstone 0-3 PARTICK – Steven Lawless (pen), Ryan Edwards, Chris Erskine

CELTIC 5-0 Kilmarnock – Leigh Griffiths (2), Anthony Ralston, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong

Head-to-head: Partick 0-5 Celtic, Celtic 1-1 Partick, Celtic 1-0 Partick, Partick 1-4 Celtic.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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