Dundee United vs CelticScottish Premiership, KO: 17:30 Aug 22, 2020, Tannadice
CELTIC are already playing catch-up in the title race as they head to Tannadice for their first meeting with Dundee United in four-and-a-half years.
Hoops full-back Boli Bolingoli's daft breach of Covid-19 guidelines resulted in his side having two league games postponed and they now trail Rangers – who have played two matches more – by six points.
Celtic slipped up in their last Premiership outing a fortnight ago, drawing 1-1 with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, and will be wary of squandering any more early-season points.
Now the focus turns back towards the pursuit of 10 in a row. United are likely to provide awkward opposition, having adapted well to life in the top flight since their runaway promotion success last term.
New manager Mickey Mellon is giving youth a chance and it is paying off, with last weekend's 2-1 victory at Ross County lifting United to fourth place with seven points from four games.
They have been without goal machine Lawrence Shankland since the opening day due to injury and it's not known if the Scotland striker will return this weekend.
How do the bookies view it?
United are a mighty 14-1 at Betfair for their first home win over Celtic since December 2014, while the visitors are 6-25 at Unibet for their first away success of the season and the draw pays 11-2 at William Hill.
Celtic are looking to build up a head of steam, with their Tannadice clash followed by Wednesday night's Champions League showdown with Ferencvaros.
If the hit their stride, they should be no match for Premiership newcomers United.
Go for Celtic and over 2.5 match goals at 31-40 with Betway, while the Hoops to be winning after 45 and 90 minutes also should land at a similar price.
Along the same lines, a bet365 bet builder of Celtic to win, over 1 goal and at least nine corners ought to provide a run for our money at 23-20.
Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi shone in the midweek rout of Reykjavik, bookending it with a double, and is worth a look at 15-8 to get on the scoresheet again.
This Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Celtic will be played on Aug 22, 2020 and kick off at 17:30. Check below for our tipsters best Dundee United vs Celtic prediction.