With no Rangers to challenge them in the SPL this year, many people have called this season one of the most one-sided in top-flight history.
Celtic currently lead the table by 13 points from second-placed Motherwell and could have clinched the title this weekend but for the late goal they conceded at St Mirren last Sunday, yet for some reason Neil Lennon’s men appear slightly nervous as they approach the finishing line.
That draw at St Mirren Park was the third time in their last four games that they have dropped points following defeats at Motherwell and Ross County, and the sixth time they have failed to win in ten games in all competitions since their 3-0 home defeat to Juventus in the Champions League in February.
The slump in form has seen both Rangers and Queen of the South clinch the Third and Second Division titles respectively before Lennon’s men manage to wrap up the SPL championship, providing a small moral victory for those who predicted ‘Armageddon’ in the top flight following Rangers’ demise last year.
On Saturday they face a Hibernian side whose own fortunes have slumped since beating the champions 1-0 at Easter Road in December, winning just one league game in the whole of 2013 and slipping into the bottom six of the SPL following five consecutive winless games.
Pat Fenlon’s troops will take comfort from the fact that they are unbeaten against Lennon’s men so far this campaign having held them to a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park in September, but their poor run of form is impossible to ignore, even considering Celtic’s own relative slump.
For this reason, odds of 11/50 on a home win are understandable, compared to odds of 9/1 on an away triumph and 9/2 on a draw.
But with both sides on poor form, backing a low-scoring home win seems like the best bet in this one, and multiplying your chances in the multiple correct score market seems sensible given the unpredictability of the hosts.
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