Aberdeen

Aberdeen vs Celtic

, KO: 12:30 May 4, 2019, Pittodrie
Celtic

CELTIC can seal an eighth successive championship with a point at Pittodrie and they will be desperate to get it, given a trip to Ibrox is up next.

Nerves seem to be getting to the Hoops the closer they get to the line, with last week's 1-0 win over Kilmarnock a case in point.

I fancied Neil Lennon's side to win that game quite comfortably, given Killie's defence had been ravaged by suspensions and that Celtic would be out to put on a show for fallen Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill.

On a day of high emotion, it was fitting that the man wearing No.5, Jozo Simunovic, should score the winner after 67 minutes in tribute to the man who had lifted the European Cup for the club in 1967.

But Kilmarnock came so close to wrecking that incredible story, with Steve Clarke's side carving out a series of excellent chances before the big Croatian rose like McNeill to bullet home a header at the back post.

The trip to Pittodrie comes just a day after McNeill's funeral and Parkhead has been shrouded in further grief with the passing of Stevie Chalmers, the man who scored the winning goal in Lisbon.

Securing the title will bring some light to the club end at the end of another dark week and I can see Celtic getting the result they need to seal eight in a row, with a draw 3/1 at most firms and a Hoops win 4/6 at Betfred.

I can't see it being pretty though and would be hugely surprised if there was a repeat of the 4-3 thriller when these sides last met at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen are without a host of creative players, with Connor McLennan joining the likes of Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-Steven on the touchline, while Celtic have been far from fluent. So try backing under 2.5 goals at 23/25 with Marathonbet.

A  0-0 stalemate was played out when Aberdeen last came to Celtic Park, with Derek McInnes' side sitting back and frustrating the Hoops.

It was also still goalless in the Scottish Cup semi-final before Dom Ball's red card and a James Forrest screamer sparked a Dons collapse, with Lennon's side easing to a 3-0 win.

Aberdeen's discipline disappeared at Hampden and they finished with nine men after Lewis Ferguson saw red for a terrible challenge on Tom Rogic.

Manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty were also sent to the stands so plenty of bad blood lingers in what should be another feisty match. And McInnes will have to watch this one from the stand after the SFA kicked out his appeal against a touchline ban for gesturing towards Hoops fans at Hampden.

There's no way the Dons will want Celtic to have a title party on their patch so it could pay to back some cards. In the booking points market (where a red is 25 points, a yellow 10 and two yellows 35) you can get evens on 50 or more points at SkyBet which looks a good option.

Scott Brown is free to lead Celtic into battle after his SFA ban for celebrating the Old Firm win in front of the Rangers fans was overturned earlier in the week.

The midfielder loves noising up the Dons almost as much as Rangers and looks a stick on for a card at 17/10 with BetVictor, even though regular sparring partner Graeme Shinnie sits this one out through injury.

Dons striker Sam Cosgrove, who has accused Celtic of getting away with ‘off-the-ball stuff' in that Cup semi, also looks overpriced at 3/1 for a card with SkyBet.

Odsonne Edouard should shake off a small injury scare to start up front for Celtic and I like the look of the boosted 13/8 William Hill offer on the Frenchman scoring in a Hoops win.

This match between Aberdeen and Celtic will be played on May 4, 2019 and kick off at 12:30

Aberdeen vs Celtic Betting Tips & Predictions
Under 2.5 goals
23/25
Marathonbet
Scott Brown to be carded
17/10
BetVictor
Odsonne Edouard scoring in a Celtic win
13/8
William Hill

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