Scottish Premier League betting – Celtic vs Rangers
Celtic vs Rangers betting preview
This Sunday provides us with one of the most exciting fixtures of the Scottish football calendar. Celtic Park will resemble a boiling cauldron as they take on their fierce rivals Rangers. This game is made even more tantalising given that both teams are unbeaten in their last eight games and they are deadlocked at the top of the table with twenty four points a piece.
It’s tough to choose between the two teams for this match which is reflected in the odds offered. Celtic are favourites with a best price 11/8 being offered for the home win by William Hill. They are also best priced about an away win for Rangers at 5/2. The draw could offer the safest bet with Ladbrokes offering a tempting 12/5. After Rangers impressive performance against Valencia mid week, I am tempted to be a bit cavalier and go for an away triumph. Lee Mculloch and Kirk Broadfoot return for the Gers further strengthening their position against Celtic, who are missing the influential midfielder Scott Brown. A safer option would be to take advantage of Extrabet’s 7\5 for Rangers to win, draw no bet.
With so much at stake for both teams I don’t necessarily believe it will be a high scoring game but, with both teams scoring in three of the last four Old Firm fixtures, Blue Square’s 4/5 for both teams to score is a solid bet. On the goal scorer front, Kenny Miller has been prolific for Rangers so far this season topping the scoring table with 11 goals. Coral’s 13/2 for Miller to score first seems excellent value, too good to pass up. Coral also offer 11/5 for the more cautious punter for Miller to score anytime.
Celtic also haven’t been short of goals this season, only sitting second place by one goal difference. Shaun Maloney and Gary Hooper spearhead the attack with 4 goals and 3 goals respectively. My preference would be for Hooper to get his name on the score sheet in this game. Unfortunately the bookies agree with this assumption and he is a best priced 2/1 with Coral to score anytime.
If Celtic send out their same team from their 2-1 victory over Dundee United, only six of those players will have experienced an Old Firm derby. The Rangers team is more battle hardened, captained by the experienced David Weir and managed by the wily old head of Walter Smith. This is the difference that can give them the edge over a green Celtic team.
Recommended bets for Celtic vs Rangers
Rangers to win at best odds 5/2 with William Hill – Free £25 bet
Kenny Miller first goal scorer at best odds 13/2 with Coral – Free £10 bet.
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By Neil Macintosh