Competition: Scottish Premiership
Market: Celtic to keep a clean sheet
Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport
Simply hoping to keep the pressure on their Old Firm rivals in midweek, Celtic will make the trip to what is a downbeat Simple Digital Arena on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, although St. Mirren might have managed to open the New Year with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home against Livingston last month, the Buddies have come crashing back down to earth. Putting in what some around the Simple Digital Arena are branding a season-worst display over the weekend, Head Coach Jim Goodwin saw his side hit with a 3-0 drumming at home against Hibernian on Saturday afternoon. Now hit with back-to-back Premiership defeats and simply with their sights set on extending on their top-flight status this season, St. Mirren should also be concerned by their worrying record against Wednesday’s guests. Including what was a 5-0 drumming when they made the trip to Glasgow back in March, they have lost each of their last five straight contests against the Hoops by an aggregate score of 15-1.
As for the visitors, while their off-field issues at the start of the New Year might find Celtic chasing a six-point buffer to Rangers at the top of the table, they have managed to bounce back from their shock European exit last month. Managing to make a much-needed return to winning ways and putting in a rampant display over the weekend, Neil Lennon’s defending champions picked up a 5-0 romp away at Ross County and have collected nine points over their final three Premiership appearances. While the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti might be continuing to shine in the final third, fans around Glasgow will be excited by their side’s new-found resolve at the back. Going almost 300 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net, Celtic should be confident of extending on that tally in midweek.
Bet: Celtic 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against St. Mirren in Wednesday’s Premiership showdown @ 888sport
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