CELTIC crashed to two league defeats at Pittodrie last season but a different side will pitch up at Pittodrie this lunchtime.
Ronny Deila suffered two 2-1 setbacks on the way to the title but his successor Brendan Rodgers has raised the bar.
The champions have dropped just two points – at Inverness – and victory today will move them 10 points clear of the Dons with a game in hand. Title over – you bet it will be! That’s why Celtic are no bigger than 1-25 with Betfred to retain their crown.
Rodgers showed his hand by making eight changes to the side that beat Rangers last week for Wednesday’s visit to Ross County.
And his strength in depth was shown with a 4-0 win although he had to call on star men Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair to finish off the battling Highlanders.
Aberdeen reverted to type by losing at Hamilton just days after beating Morton to reach the Betfred Cup Final.
This a dress rehearsal and having beaten the Dons 4-1 at home I can’t see anything but another Hoops success even with a Champions League tie at Borussia Monchengladbach looming.
Questions were asked of Celtic’s defence in Dingwall – and the absence of injured Kieran Tierney will be a blow. They usually concede at Pittodrie so try Celtic and both to score at 10-3 with William Hill. The last five meetings at Pittodrie have seen three 2-1 home wins so anyone who likes that trend can back another at 14-1 with William Hill.
Five of Celtic’s last six victories at Pittodrie have been to nil and that returns 9-4 at Paddy Power.
If Scott Sinclair starts back him to net at 2-1 with Betfred.
Rangers are in a fight for second and after dropping more points at home to
St Johnstone I won’t rush to back them at a best 2-5 with William Hill at home to revitalised Kilmarnock.
Killie have picked up seven points in three games and Lee Clark hailed their best display of the season as they beat Hearts 2-0.
I tipped Souleyman Coulibaly to score and the Ivorian took his tally to nine with a cracker.
He hit a wonder goal in the 6-1 defeat at Celtic and is 7-2 at Betfred to complete an Old Firm double by netting at Ibrox today.
Gers have made a habit of conceding first at home and Coulibaly is 11-1 at William Hill to break the deadlock.
Hamilton should follow their defeat of Aberdeen by handing Dundee a seventh consecutive loss. Accies are 7-5 at Betfred.
Dundee are now 5-2 favourites to finish bottom of the league for the first time this season. The Dees started the season at 6-1 but are now without a win since the opening day of the season.
Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “Many believed that Dundee would struggle after selling Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart and so it has proved. With six straight defeats Paul Hartley must be feeling the pressure and they need to start winning soon.”
Hartley is 1-2 to be the next manager to leave his post and Killie are 3-1 second favourites to be basement dwellers.
In the Championship best bets could be Raith at 11-10 with McBookie at home to a QoS side without a league goal in five games and without striker Derek Lyle.
There should be goals at Dundee United v Falkirk and Hibs v St Mirren.
In League One I like Livingston at Brechin and Elgin look best
bets in League Two at home to Cowdenbeath.
Bets to Consider
Celtic & Btts
Rangers v Killie Btts
Coulibaly to score
Dundee Utd v Falkirk btts
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