St Johnstone v Celtic Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 03/02/19

Celtic v St Johnstone Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Celtic v St Johnstone and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Scottish Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

St Johnstone v Celtic Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 03/02/19
  • Time:14:00
  • Venue: McDiarmid Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports Football

St Johnstone play Celtic (again) on Sunday looking to bounce back from a 2-0 midweek defeat at the hands of the Bhoys. The Saints are looking to snap a 2-game losing streak but will be up against it with Celtic looking back in title winning form.

The Bhoys have won their last 4 games in all competitions and they are odds on to win their 5th in a row on Sunday. Celtic are priced 3/10 (Bet365) to win on Sunday and on the evidence of the previous game played between the two sides they should do so with ease.

Team News

St Johnstone will be without midfielders Brian Easton and Drey Wright who are both out through injury.

Celtic will be without playmaker, Tom Rogic who is out for 6 weeks with a knee injury. Dedryck Boyata (abductor), Anthony Ralston (ankle), Olivier Ntcham (hamstring), Kieran Tierney (hip), Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani (both knee) remain out.

Potential St Johnstone Starting XI: Clark; Foster, Kerr, Shaughnessy, Tanser; Wotherspoon, Callachan, Davidson, Craig, Kennedy; Watt

Potential Celtic Starting XI: Bain; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Izaguirre; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; Burke

Head To Head

  • St. Johnstone are winless in nine league contests with Celtic (D2 L7) and haven't scored a single goal in any of their last four such games against them (D1 L3).

Key Stats & Facts

Celtic have won each of their last four league away games against St. Johnstone, scoring 19 goals; they last went on a longer away winning streak against them between October 2000 and December 2011 (seven straight wins).

St. Johnstone have lost two of their last three home league games (W1), as many as their previous 15 such matches combined (W5 D8 L2). 

Betting Odds

  • St Johnstone 10/1
  • Draw 4/1
  • Celtic 3/10

The Verdict

Celtic are heavy favourites in this one and I don’t think it would be wise to back against them winning again. The Bhoys were dominant in the last game against St Johnstone and they managed 21 goal attempts with 9 shots on targets and 69% possession throughout the match. Celtic have also improved defensively since the turn of the year, the Bhoys are yet to concede a goal so far in 2019 and I think they could keep St Johnstone out again and Celtic to win to nil is 6/5 (Unibet).  I think this is a good bet as Celtic have scored 9 goals against St Johnstone in 3 games this year across all competitions and they are yet to concede a goal against the Saints.

I will agree that Celtic’s away form has been patchy this season with just 1 win in their last 4 games away from home, but I’m not sure that St Johnstone will have an answer to the quality of Celtic. I touched on
Celtic’s attack being dominant against St Johnstone in the last game and I think its important to note that the Bhoys’ attack has improved dramatically since the turn of the year. Celtic have scored 12 goals in their last 4 games across all competitions and I think they’ll find the net a few times again on Sunday. The previous game played at McDiarmid Park saw Celtic run out 6-0 winners and whilst I don’t think the margin of victory will be that big, I do like the look of Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals at 1/1 (Betway). This has landed 5 times in their last 6 visits to McDiarmid Park and I’d feel confident of it happening again on Sunday.

Celtic winger, Scott Sinclair has been in great goalscoring form of late with 4 goals in his last 4 games and he is 6/4 (Boyle Sports) to find the back of the net at any time during the match. Sinclair has 8 goals in 20 league games this season and seems to have rediscovered his best form going forward.

Recommended Bets

  • Celtic to win to nil 6/5 (Unibet)
  • Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals in the match 1/1 (Betway)
  • Scott Sinclair to score any time 6/4 (Boyle Sports)