St Mirren’s record against Celtic this season is far from impressive, but they still have enough in their locker to suggest that they will be very dangerous opponents for Neil Lennon’s men on Saturday.
The Buddies beat Ally McCoist’s Rangers 2-1 at St Mirren Park on Christmas Eve to give Celtic’s title hopes a major shot in the arm, but now the Hoops have to overcome the same obstacle if they are to keep their lead at the top of the table intact.
One of the scorers for the Saints that day was former Celtic starlet Paul McGowan. The strike helped him pick up the SPL Player of the Month award for December and Celtic will need to be very wary of the man who left Parkhead in the summer.
Going by previous results between the two sides this season, however, McGowan and company have got a bit of a mountain to climb if they are to reverse a rather worrying trend.
Celtic thrashed St Mirren 5-0 in Glasgow at the end of November to add to a 2-0 victory in Paisley in August, meaning that they have scored seven goals without reply against their opponents this season.
Of the seven goals that Celtic have scored against the Saints this season, four of them have come in the opening 12 minutes of the match. You will get odds of 19/10 on Celtic scoring more goals in the first half than in the second.
Celtic are 21/20 with bwin to win to nil again on Saturday, while St Mirren are 91/100 to score their first goal of the season against Lennon’s men.
Of the seven goals that Celtic have scored against the Saints this season, four of them have come in the opening 12 minutes of the match. This explains why Celtic are as short as 31/100 to score the first goal, but you will get odds of 19/10 on Celtic scoring more goals in the first half than in the second, which could represent much better value for money.
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For schizophrenic St Mirren, much will depend on which side shows up on Saturday. If it is the same team that put Rangers to the sword before Christmas, then odds of 8/1 on a home win could prove very lucrative indeed.
But if it is the side that collapsed to a 5-2 defeat against ten-man Hearts last weekend, then odds of 7/20 on a Celtic win would prove more sensible.
Of course, that’s the beauty of football betting – you just never know what will happen. Correctly predicting which St Mirren side will show up on Saturday could be the key to you making a healthy profit in this one.
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