After their Champions League dream officially ended in Turin on Wednesday night, Celtic could hardly have asked for a tougher tie to return to on Saturday as they make the long trip to the Highlands to take on Ross County in the SPL.
Derek Adams’ side are the SPL’s form team, winning seven and drawing three of their last ten matches and firing themselves to within touching distance of a European spot for the first time in their history.
They have kept five consecutive clean sheets in the SPL and four in their last five home games, and they haven’t lost at the Global Energy Stadium since November 24th.
On top of that, they came within seconds of defeating Celtic in Dingwall earlier in the season when a Kris Commons equaliser with the last kick of the game salvaged a rather fortunate point for Neil Lennon’s Hoops.
Celtic, on the other hand, are in relatively poor form. Their defeat to Juve on Wednesday night means that they have now won only one of their last four away games in all competitions, losing two and drawing one.
They are two games without a win on the road in the SPL and their 3-1 victory at Inverness CT in February is their only away win in the league so far in the whole of 2013.
In their last venture outside Parkhead in the league they went down 2-1 at Motherwell and before that, they were held to a 1-1 draw at St Johnstone, so the Staggies will definitely fancy their chances of inflicting more pain on the visitors on Saturday.
With this in mind, odds of 25/4 on Derek Adams’ side to win ought to prove quite popular, compared with odds of 7/20 on an away win.
The best bet, however, could be backing a draw at 7/2.
This allows for the fact that, even on poor form, Celtic are always capable of achieving a result domestically by virtue of their superior quality and resources, but also gives County credit for their impressive recent run that has seen them beat the league’s other big-hitters like Motherwell, St Johnstone and Hibernian.
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