Kick-off: 1630, 02/08/2020
Stadium: Celtic Park
TV: Sky Sports
Celtic begin their quest for a 10th straight Scottish Premiership title by hosting Hamilton and a routine win is expected at Parkhead.
The Hoops have come out on top in their last 12 head-to-head meetings with Sunday’s opponents, who finished second from bottom last term.
We like 21/4 for a 3-0 home victory for our opening Celtic vs Hamilton prediction.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic were pushed hard by Rangers for much of last term, but dropping only two points in 10 games following the winter break allowed them to pull clear before an early finish.
Neil Lennon has had a quiet summer on the transfer front, but securing another loan deal for Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi was a significant boost.
The Norway international scored seven goals in his first 10 games for the club before an injury lay-off and should excel if staying fit.
Pre-season started slowly, with a draw against Nice followed by losses to Lyon and PSG.
However, Lennon was much happier after wins over Ross County and Hibs, especially with Leigh Griffiths getting some sharpness back.
A Look At Hamilton’s Betting Odds
Hamilton assured their top-flight survival with a timely run of good form prior to the early conclusion.
Draws against Hearts and Motherwell were followed by back-to-back 1-0 wins over Rangers and Kilmarnock, putting them four points clear of the relegated Jambos.
Brian Rice has since seen his squad get even more youthful, with only two experienced players arriving after the departure of eight established first-team men.
It is worth remembering, though, that they took few hidings last term, conceding fewer goals on the road than any other side in the bottom half.
Let’s hope they retain some of that defensive resilience early on here and add 12/5 for them to be just 1-0 down at the break to our Celtic vs Hamilton betting tips.
CELTIC 5-0 St Mirren – Leigh Griffiths (3), Odsonne Edouard, Callum McGregor (pen)
HAMILTON 1-0 Kilmarnock – Marios Ogkmpoe
Head-to-head: Hamilton 1-4 Celtic, Celtic 2-1 Hamilton, Hamilton 0-1 Celtic, Celtic 3-0 Hamilton, Hamilton 0-3 Celtic, Celtic 1-0 Hamilton
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