Celtic v Rangers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 2nd September
Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews Celtic v Rangers and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Old Firm clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Celtic v Rangers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 02/09/2018
- Time: 12:00
- Venue: Celtic Park
- Channel: Sky Sports
They say that form goes out of the window on derby day, which makes these battles intriguingly unpredictable.
Yet, in recent times, there has been an inevitability surrounding the Old Firm fixture, that it will be Celtic who claim the glory in Glasgow.
The dominant Hoops have won six out of their last seven against Rangers, smashing in 21 strikes at an average of three goals per-game. However, with a more competitive Gers outfit travelling to Celtic Park this weekend, the hosts can expect a tougher test.
The new man in the Ibrox dugout, Steven Gerrard, boasts an unbeaten record so far, winning six out of 12 tussles and drawing the same number.
There is a certainly a lively look to this Rangers side, who carry the personnel to cause problems at Parkhead. Summer signings: Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent, and Kyle Lafferty are three players who excel in offensive areas and alongside main front man Alfredo Morelos, can threaten a Celtic rear-guard who have looked vulnerable this season.
The Scottish double winners have endured an indifferent start, already being defeated by Hearts in the Premiership and failing to qualify for the Champions League group stage. Six out of their previous eight fixtures have seen the opposition score and it would not be a surprise to see the same happen on Sunday.
Despite their recent defensive fragilities, Celtic possess ample ability to score goals and will be confident of breaching a Rangers defense who have conceded two last gasp equalizers in the opening three rounds. Seeing out games is a problem for The Light Blues, having been pegged back by both Aberdeen and Motherwell, and whilst they defended resolutely with nine men on Thursday, their most recent European fixture saw FC Ufa grab an equalizer.
Jozo Šimunović, Jack Hendry, and Nir Bitton are definite absentees for Celtic. The attack-minded Tom Rogic is struggling with a hamstring injury, meaning Callum McGregor may be utilized in a more offensive role. Moussa Dembélé has also left the club for Lyon, so Leigh Griffiths is likely to play as a lone front man.
Lassana Coulibaly is a doubt for the visitors after picking up a thigh injury. Midfielders Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter remain side-lined, whilst Jamie Murphy has suffered an ACL tear and will miss the remainder of the season.
Potential Celtic Starting XI: Gordon, Tierney, Ajer, Boyata, Lustig, Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Sinclair, Forrest, Griffiths.
Potential Rangers Starting XI: McGregor, Flanagan, Katić, Tavernier, Goldson, Jack, Ejaria, Arfield, Kent, Candeias, Morelos.
Head To Head
- Celtic are unbeaten in their last 14 meetings with Rangers (W11, D3), a run stretching back to March 2012.
- Rangers have failed to win at Celtic Park in their previous 12 attempts. A 3-1 victory in October 2010 was their last away win against The Hoops.
Key Stats & Facts
- Celtic have failed to shut out their opposition on seven occasions from a possible 12 this season.
- Leigh Griffiths netted his 100th goal in green and white against Lithuanian champions, FK Suduva, on Thursday. The Scottish international is best priced at 23/18 (Unibet) to bag anytime in the Glasgow derby.
- Celtic – 8/13
- Draw – 16/5
- Rangers – 19/4
Considering the overall assessment for this fixture, Celtic’s 8/13 price tag is too short to back. The 31/21 on Rangers not to lose (+0.5 Asian Handicap) appeals, however after playing 30 minutes with nine men on Thursday, they may feel the effects of the trip to Russia. As such, with doubts about both teams heading into this one, it may be best to swerve the 1×2 market.
With an array of attacking talent on show, this could make for an exciting spectacle. Five of Celtic’s last eight fixtures have produced a goal a-piece for each side, whilst Gerrard’s Gers have seen both teams bag in four of their previous five away trips. When factoring in tired legs, defensive weaknesses, and attacking strengths of the Old Firm duo, the 10/11 quote on ‘Both Teams To Score’ is certainly an attractive play at the price.