Following their win against Dunfermline on Wednesday night there is no respite for Celtic as they face another must-win tie at Celtic Park, this time against St Mirren.
On paper, a home win seems like a foregone conclusion. St Mirren haven’t scored a goal against Celtic in the last four meetings, they have never won at Celtic Park in the SPL, and they haven’t won there in any competition since 1990.
And although they are sitting pretty in fifth place in the league table, they are still a full 12 points behind second-placed Celtic and are closer to the bottom of the table than they are to the top.
Celtic might have struggled this season but Wednesday’s win over Dunfermline was their third on the bounce and they are finally starting to show the form that people expect of them.
Did you know that Celtic have only won the second half in two out of seven games at Celtic Park this season? Three have been drawn and they’ve lost the other two.
For these reasons, Celtic are as short as 1/5 with bwin to pick up all three points on Saturday, while St Mirren are huge outsiders at 25/2 and the draw is 19/4.
Backing a home win at such short odds doesn’t seem like good value for money, and so it might pay to look to some alternative markets in this one. A quick glance at bwinbetting’s Stats Centre could help you find some hidden gems.
For example, did you know that Celtic have only won the second half in two out of seven games at Celtic Park this season? Three have been drawn and they’ve lost the other two.
On Wednesday, Celtic proved this point in microcosm, winning the match overall but losing the second half 1-0.
So while an outright St Mirren win or draw might seem unlikely, backing the second half to be a draw at 11/5 could be a much better option, or alternatively St Mirren are available at 33/4 to win the second half.
On the other hand, Celtic have yet to trail at the break on their own patch all campaign, winning the first half five times out of seven.
You can get odds of 3/5 on Celtic to be winning at both half time and full time on Saturday – still quite short odds, but it represents an improvement on odds of 1/5 for a straight home win.
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Although St Mirren won last weekend they are very inconsistent – in 15 SPL games this season they have only achieved back-to-back wins once, and this is a trend that is likely to continue on Saturday.
They might take hope from the fact that they have already held Celtic’s rivals Rangers to a draw at Ibrox this season (a 1-1 in October) and a repeat scoreline at Celtic Park is 10/1 this time around.
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