BETFRED CUP acton tonight in Scotland and I'm taking Celtic to get their season back on track as they travel to Perth to play a St Johnstone side who shipped five goals against Rangers on Sunday.
St Johnstone v Celtic (7.45pm)
Prior to the weekend I really fancied us to give Celtic a game tonight but two things have happened since then that have altered my opinion on the outcome of this match.
Celtic lost away to Kilmarnock on Sunday and make no mistake about it, there is something seriously wrong at Parkhead at the moment.
They have already dropped 8 points but the most alarming thing for Celtic fans is 1) they are not playing well 2) they are really struggling for goals which is criminal with the talent they have at their disposal.
Secondly, we shipped 5 goals against Rangers and although we have a much better squad attacking wise our midfield is not a ball-winning, battling midfield which you need against the league’s top teams.
I fear we may be on the receiving end of a backlash. Celtic haven’t turned into a poor team overnight and after losing to Kilmarnock the players have a point to prove and owe themselves and their 4500 fans who'll be at the game a performance.
We're a decent side and we'll be challenging top 6 again this season but I just have a feeling Celtic are going to come here and put in a performance and will score a couple of goals.
I really don’t fancy us, not so much because of our defeat on Sunday to Rangers, more because Celtic are still a quality team and head and shoulders above everyone else in the league.
It’s a cup game and they will be wanting to continue their domestic dominance. Leigh Griffiths has scored in his last two and is a good shout to score again tonight. Add Celtic at 4-9 to a line but I'm taking them to win by 2 goals.
- Celtic -1
- (11-8) (Betfair) (NAP)
It’s a really busy card on the continent with matches from Germany, France, Italy and Spain and most other leagues. Due to the way the European leagues operate (staggered matches across a weekend) it’s very rare to have so many kicking off at the same so tonight is one of the those nights where I’m going to be like a dog with a bone doing my early goal bets.
- 6 French Ligue 1 matches (6pm)
- 5 Swedish Allsvenskan matches (6pm)
- 5 Swiss matches (7pm)
- 6 Italian Serie A matches (8pm)
Greg's early goal bets explained
To those unfamiliar with it, bet365 on certain matches offer goal time markets in play. They'll appear 10 minutes before KO. I'll be on the following bets in each of the above leagues (will choose 5 matches from 6 in the leagues with 6 games)
Goal before 10 mins in the 5 matches
Goal before 30 mins in the 5 matches
It’s a market I started doing a few seasons ago and I’ve had some good success with it, especially the 30 mins market. I've already managed all 5 up in the first 10 mins this season (Serie A week 2) and that paid £1500 for £15 stake.
All 5 within 10 mins will pay between 900-1 to 1300-1 depending on the league, while you'll get around 20-1 to 30-1 for goal before 30 mins.
It’s a market I love – due to the big returns for small stakes. You try picking 5 horses at 3-1, 7-2, it's near impossible. But it's not unreasonable to think a match will have a goal in the first 10 mins. Even with three right you'll still get double your stake back and it sets you up nicely for the 30 mins bet.
It’s a bet I do every week and I'm fortunate I managed to land one so early in the season (all 5) – 30 mins landing is quite a regular thing. If you love goals you'll enjoy this market.