Celtic’s 3-0 victory against Rangers last Sunday was keeper Fraser Forster’s fifth home win/clean sheet combo in a row and he can expect to repeat the trick this evening against St Johnstone.
Despite long since wrapping up the SPL title, the champions are on a roll, having smashed 14 unanswered goals in their last four league games.
That makes another win for the Hoops, at 7/25, seem inevitable and provides a strong case for a punt on the home side to win by another big scoreline.
At lengthy odds of 13/2, it could be worth looking at a multiple correct score bet on a 4-0, 5-0, or 6-0 Celtic win.
With Steve Lomas’ side suffering a winless April, the chances of an away win are small, as demonstrated by the visitors’ 3Way price of 21/2.
However, the Saints did secure a 1-0 win at Celtic Park back in August and optimistic Saints fans can back a repeat scoreline at a whopping price of 20/1.
It was 19 encounters ago, in May 2000, when these two last shared a draw, making a share of the spoils unlikely. But for punters who think it could be 20th time lucky, odds of 15/4 are available for the Saints to escape with a point.
Neil Lennon’s side have since won twice against Thursday’s opponents on their way to securing the title and the score in both those matches was 2-0.
While a big Celtic win would be no surprise, the fact that St Johnstone are still fighting hard for Europa League qualification could see them frustrate the Bhoys and keep the score down.
A third 2-0 win for the hosts is pegged at 9/2, meaning anyone backing this result with their free £25 bet for registering with bwin would win £137.50 if successful.
However, the safest play is surely for Forster to further increase his chances of securing a permanent move from Newcastle by helping Celtic win and keep a clean sheet at odds of 17/20.
Recommended bet: Celtic win to nil @17/20
Outside punt: Celtic to win 2-0 @ 9/2
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