The last time I previewed a Celtic v St Mirren clash, I pointed out the mixed fortunes of the two Lennons, Danny and Neil, in this fixture since they took over as manager of their respective sides.
Celtic have never conceded a goal to St Mirren in the seven match-ups since Neil Lennon took control. Conversely, St Mirren have never scored a single goal against Celtic during Danny Lennon’s identical time at the helm.
The Hoops have averaged almost three goals per game against the Buddies over the period, holding an aggregate lead of 20-0 in the battle of the Lennons.
It is a record that makes horrific reading for the Paisley Saints, especially since it began following a 4-0 victory over Celtic under the stewardship of previous manager Gus MacPherson – a result that ended the Celtic career of Tony Mombray and heralded the promotion of Neil Lennon to the top job in the first place.
The last instalment in the namesakes’ one-sided duel came at St Mirren Park in October, where the Bhoys ran out easy 5-0 winners, and things will only get tougher for Lennon – Danny that is – when he takes his side to Celtic Park on Saturday.
St Mirren have lost on their last seven consecutive visits to Glasgow’s East End and haven’t tasted victory there since 1990.
Amazingly though, their troubles scoring against the champions are not restricted just to Danny Lennon’s reign. The Buddies have failed to score in 15 of their last 18 away matches against the Green and Whites – surely one of the most wretched records in British football.
As if all that wasn’t enough to persuade you that St Mirren won’t score on Saturday, the Saints have already fired a blank in five of their 17 SPL games so far and, last Saturday, managed just one goal despite playing at home against nine men for the best part of 25 minutes.
With all that in mind, odds of 3/4 on Celtic to win to nil should do good business, while 13/20 on St Mirren failing to score will return just marginally less and odds of 57/100 against both teams scoring will return slightly less again.
The best option in this one, therefore, is backing Celtic to win to nil at 3/4. This bet obviously assumes the visitors won’t score but also factors in that Celtic have won their last two SPL games in a row, their last three games in a row in all competitions and their last seven in a row against St Mirren.
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