Odds: Kilmarnock 13/1, Draw 23/4, Celtic 9/50
Kick Off: 1230, 19/08/2017
Stadium: Rugby Park
TV: Sky Sports
Celtic have not found Rugby Park’s artificial pitch easy to play on in recent years and face the added distraction of the Champions League play-offs when taking on Kilmarnock there this weekend.
The Hoops have only sneaked away with 1-0 triumphs from their last two trips to this venue and were held to a 2-2 draw the time before.
With this clash also coming between two European tussles with Astana, we like 13/10 for the hosts with two goals start for our Kilmarnock vs Celtic betting predictions.
A Look At Kilmarnock’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Kilmarnock must perform much better than when thrashed 5-0 by a second-string Celtic side in the League Cup earlier this month.
However, manager Lee McCulloch felt “the majority of the players showed character” that night and he also backed his team following a scrappy 1-0 home loss to Hearts last Saturday.
“I thought we were the better team,” he insisted on that occasion. “I thought we sort of dominated and it is a little bit hard to take, but we need to dust ourselves down and go again.”
On a positive note, while that match lacked quality, there was no shortage of effort and endeavour after an early setback and Rory McKenzie was unfortunate to be denied by a double save.
More of the same spirit could expose any lack of focus from the visitors and 6/5 for both teams to score is tempting from the Kilmarnock vs Celtic odds.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
We took on Celtic with a similar handicap bet when they travelled to Partick prior to Wednesday’s first-leg clash with Astana and collected on that occasion after a 1-0 success.
The Hoops extended their unbeaten run in domestic matches to 51 but were not at their fluid best, as Kris Doolan missed a great chance to equalise and Thistle had a big penalty appeal turned down late on.
Nir Biton looked a bit shaky as a makeshift defender and got away with what appeared a clear shove on Miles Storey in the area.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are obviously always capable of cutting loose, but we reckon they would settle for another narrow success and 33/4 for a correct score of 2-1 completes our Kilmarnock vs Celtic betting tips.
KILMARNOCK 0-1 Hearts
Partick 0-1 CELTIC – Olivier Ntcham
Head-to-head: Celtic 5-0 Kilmarnock, Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic, Celtic 6-1 Kilmarnock
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