Just one month ago, Inverness Caledonian Thistle went down to Celtic Park from the Highlands and left with all three points after Billy McKay’s goal clinched a famous victory for Terry Butcher’s team. Now their local rivals Ross County make the same journey on Saturday looking to emulate their Highland counterparts.
Derek Adams’ side will take heart from a great display against Neil Lennon’s champions in Dingwall in August when only a Kris Commons goal deep into stoppage time denied them a famous victory, but they also go into the match on the back of a worrying run that has left them third-bottom of the table and just six points off the relegation zone.
The Staggies are six without a win in the SPL and eight without a win in all competitions. They have won just two of their last 14 league matches and are in desperate need of some points during a tough festive schedule that sees them taking on Celtic, Hibernian, Hearts and Inverness CT before the winter break in January.
Celtic, on the other hand, appear to have got through their own sticky spell in recent weeks. Lennon’s men won just four out of 11 games in all competitions from October 23rd to December 1st, but, since then, they have won four in a row, including their last three in the SPL, and conceded just two goals.
It’s form like that which ensures Celtic are as short as 3/20 to take all three points on Saturday, while the visitors are out at 10/1 and the draw is on offer at 25/4.
With the odds on a Celtic victory unlikely to provide much of a return, it could pay to look elsewhere in order to make a profit here.
Earlier in the season Ross County were known for their miserly defensive qualities, keeping four clean sheets in their opening six games, but a 5-4 defeat at St Mirren in September seemed to dent their confidence and they have kept just one clean sheet since then, conceding more than two goals per game.
For this reason, backing more than 2.5 goals in the game at 2/5 seems like the standout bet in this one.
New customers who sign up with bwin online qualify for a free £20 bet and using that to back more than 2.5 goals in the game will return a modest £28 if successful.