We’re all set for an intriguing lunchtime clash in the second Glasgow Derby of the season today.
Once again there’ll be no away fans present, which hands Celtic a massive advantage in front of 60,000 home fans roaring them on from the stands.
But Rangers come in to the game in great spirits having secured the first piece of silverware of the season, cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table and secured European football into the new year with a last-16 berth in the Europa League.
Phillipe Clement puts his 16-match unbeaten start as manager on the line today and if they’re ever going to win without any supporters at Celtic Park they might not get a better chance than today at 21/10.
Celtic have yet to hit top gear under Brendan Rodgers this time round and they’ve not managed to win three games in a row this season.
They’ve had a strong record in the fixture in recent times though, only losing one of the last eight meetings in the league (W5 D2 L1) and that was last season’s dead rubber after the title was won.
The Hoops are 23/20 to win this afternoon and that’ll be popular with the Parkhead faithful.
It’s been 13 games since we saw a red card in the fixture, which must be some kind of record. Bet365 go 11/4 on Nick Walsh sending someone for an early bath.
Celtic captain Callum McGregor was the last player to be sent-off and he’s been booked in three of the last four meetings and is a 5/2 with Skybet shot to receive a card today.
Todd Cantwell has picked up seven bookings this season and in five matches against Celtic since his arrival on the Southside of Glasgow he’s been booked in four of them. The only one he stayed out of the referee’s notebook was that Rangers win at the tail end of last season. He’s 13/8 to be booked.
At Pittodrie, St Mirren need to be opposed based on current form. It’s just one win in 11 for the Buddies who have failed to score in six of their last seven outings.
Aberdeen haven’t been the most reliable but should be well rested after their last two matches have been postponed. Prior to that they’d won three out of four and are backable at 10/11 today.
Luton Town will be buzzing after two wins on the trot and are aiming to make three wins in row in the top flight for the first time since 1991 against Chelsea today.
The Blues have lost four in a row away from home so won’t be relishing their trip to Kenilworth Road.
The Hatters are 19/4 to win but a better bet could be to back them not to lose at 13/10 on the Double Chance market.
Aston Villa have suffered a bit of stage-fright since giving themselves the opportunity to go top of the table. A draw with Sheffield United was followed by a sore defeat at Old Trafford when they relinquished a two-goal lead.
They’ll be expected to bounce back against second-bottom Burnley this afternoon.
Ollie Watkins will be aiming to add to his 21 Premier League goals in 2023 and is most likely to net at even money.
Wolves (13/8) have had a pretty decent December with three wins, a draw and two defeats at the hands of Arsenal and West Ham. They’ve fared well at Molineux where they’ve beaten Man City and Spurs and can add another home win over Everton today.
The Toffees have lost their last two, albeit to Spurs and Man City, but they were also knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Fulham so momentum has been lost.
- Wolves 13/8 Bet365
- Luton Double Chance 13/10 Bet365
- Ollie Watkins to score 1/1 Bet365
- Aberdeen 10/11 Bet365
- McGregor & Cantwell to be booked 11/2 Bet365
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