After getting the better of Livingston in midweek, Celtic’s march towards a second successive Scottish Premiership title continues.
No Slowing Down
17 league matches unbeaten, four successive wins, and nine points clear at the top. Next up for Celtic is a trip to St Johnstone.
Nine Points Clear
There is simply no stopping Ange Postecoglou’s men at present and even though arch-rivals Rangers have been faultless themselves in recent weeks, the Hoops still maintain their comfortable nine-point cushion at the top.
With every win that the Celtic Park outfit record this season, a step towards defending their league title is made. With each step that they manage to make, Rangers are running out of games to try and reel them in.
Because even though Michael Beale’s side recorded a 3-0 win at Hearts in midweek, Celtic matched them stride for stride at home to Livingston that same Wednesday night. Now the league leaders will look to get the better of St Johnstone on Sunday.
Before they make the trip to McDiarmid Park, Callum Davidson’s men have only won one of their last six league outings. However, that sole victory did come just days ago, as they picked up a 2-0 win at Motherwell.
A victory that just puts some daylight between the Perth-based side and what is beginning to look like a particularly brutal relegation battle. Not only that, but it also keeps their hopes of a top-six finish before the end of the season split.
That will be the target and when you consider the woes that Aberdeen are suffering as of late and the indifference of form at Hibernian, there is no reason why St Johnstone cannot move further up the table.
While it is progress that may have to wait at least another week to get going and when you consider that the last two meetings in Perth have seen 2-1 and 3-1 home defeats, the best the hosts can hope for is a consolation goal.
Of course, Celtic are not shy when it comes to scoring goals and this season has seen them record an average of 3.08. An ominous figure no matter what the league and one that usually converts itself into championship glory.
This leads me to my first bet before the weekend’s clash and although Jota did not open the scoring against Livingston on Wednesday, he did manage this feat against Dundee United almost seven days ago.
With this in mind, I am backing the Portuguese forward to do the business on Sunday and break the deadlock. Should you wish to join me in placing this wager and Jota comes up trumps, we can both break the bank at odds of 9/2.
While my second pick takes me to the correct score market. As mentioned above, Celtic are good for three goals a match, St Johnstone are good for a consolation. Combine the two together and a 3-1 away win is priced at odds of 10/1.