NOT surprisingly all the talk – and all the betting – among 188BET’s Scottish punters has been on tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers.
Celtic are logically the strong favourites in the betting to win at 1.61 (around 8-13) given the two teams’ league status but logic tends to fly out the window when it comes to Old Firm matches and there are plenty of people being attracted to Rangers – whether being guided by their hearts or the lumpy odds of 4.40 (17-5).
While last season’s League Cup semi-final between the two teams proved a lacklustre affair, reflective perhaps of the fact Rangers were still some way behind Celtic, the two teams are likely to be more closely matched this time.
That should make for a fiery affair with no quarter given from either side. And with the likes of Scott Brown and Andy Halliday going toe to toe in the middle of the park you would have think there will be several cards being brandished.
That could prove a lifeline for 188BET punters faced with a losing bet in the match. If there is a red card in the game 188BET will refund losing bets up to £50 on the correct score, first or anytime scorer, both teams to score and double result markets.
The old foes should also set themselves up with attacking intent and the odds for both to score are an interesting 1.73 (about 8-11).
Celtic tend to churn out results and due to top-flight superiority should still just have enough of an edge in quality to see off Rangers, especially with Leigh Griffiths looking to add to his tally of 37 goals this season.
The Celtic and Scotland striker will be desperate to get his name on the scoresheet as well as to possibly score the last goal in the game.
A Celtic win by the odd goal looks possible at 3.55 (51-20) while the 2-1 and 3-2 Celtic wins at 8.0 (7-1) and 24.0 (23-1), respectively.
Weekend Best Bet
Celtic to win by one
AFTER winning at Hampden on a poor surface last week it will be interesting to see how Rangers fare on the new surface on Sunday.
The Ibrox men are 17-5 underdogs for their Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic with the Hoops 4-6 and draw 14-5. On the outrights it’s Celtic 4-7, Rangers 9-2, Hibs 5-1 and Dundee United 7-1.
Celtic should win with the minimum of fuss and plenty of punters will put their faith in Ronny Deila’s side at 4-6 to do so inside the 90 and 4-11 to qualify for the Final.
But if form goes out of the window Rangers could prove overpriced at 9-4 to reach their first Scottish Cup Final since a beating Falkirk in 2009.
Celtic are unbeaten in their last four fixtures in all competitions against the Gers and despite a likely feisty 90 minutes at Hampden get the nod to piut one over their rivals.
The Hoops warrant supporting at 23-10 to win with both teams scoring and are 7-1 to beat Rangers 2-1.
Hibs face Dundee United in the first of the semi-finals on Saturday and are 11-8 favourites to beat Dundee United inside 90 minutes. Mixu Paatelainen’s side are 19-10 and it’s 12-5 the tie goes beyond the 90.
Hibees suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Alloa on Saturday but are fancied to bounce back and look a fair price at 4-1 to beat the top-flight outfit to nil and 7-1 by the solitary goal.
Willie Mullins brings the battalion over from the Irish Sea and should extend his lead in the race to be top trained with Clondaw Warrior (3.0) in this afternoon’s Scottish Champion Hurdle on a terrific card at Ayr.
BetVictor are paying five places on the Scottish National and go for Seeyouatmidnight (4.10) to keep the race in
Scottish hands. The 8yo was an impressive winner of the G2 Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and can reward each-way support at around 14-1.
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