After an emphatic win on the opening weekend, Celtic will look to make it two wins from two when they travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen at 12:00 on Sunday Aug 13th, in the Scottish Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers’ side proved too much for Ross County last weekend, running out 4-2 winners in an entertaining game in Glasgow. Aberdeen avoided defeat, but they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Livingston away from home.
Celtic are unbeaten in 21 matches against Aberdeen, and they could make it eight successive victories over Aberdeen on Sunday.
Despite having home advantage, Aberdeen are considered 7/1 outsiders for Sunday’s fixture, while the draw is available at 9/2. Celtic are 1/3 to collect all three points, which comes as no surprise considering their recent form.
Aberdeen defenders Angus MacDonald and Rhys Williams are set to miss out through injury for a second successive week, while Ester Sokler could make his full debut for the Dons.
Celtic’s Oh Hyeon-gyu is expected to be on the sidelines for four to six weeks due to a calf injury, and he is joined in the treatment room by Alistair Johnston, Marco Tilio and Yuki Kobayashi. The trio are not expected to return for another month, while Alexandro Bernabei needs to work his way back into favour.
Reports suggested Rodgers dropped him last week for disciplinary reasons, and the left-back may return to the fold. Since last week’s win over Ross County, Carl Starfelt has completed a permanent switch to Celta Vigo, so Rodgers will make one change to his substitutions.
Celtic to win and both teams to score @ 6/4
Celtic have dominated this fixture over the years, and even though we only have one game of data this season, that should not change.
The Dons were unable to score against Livingston, but Celtic’s recent performances suggest they are vulnerable at the back.
Celtic have conceded nine goals in five matches of late, and while only one of those was a competitive game, the signs are a little worrying.
At this stage of the season, teams are yet to reach their peak, so while they should fall short for the eighth match in a row against Celtic, Aberdeen can still find the back of the net.
Over 4.5 goals @ 5/2
The history books show Celtic dominance in this fixture, and the recent meetings have also been full of goals.
In their last two meetings, Celtic won 5-0 and 4-0, and considering their defensive frailties, this game could be a cracker for the neutral. Over 4.5 goals has landed in three of the last five meetings between the two teams, and Celtic have been tough to stop on their travels in recent months.
In their final 10 away matches in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic scored two or more goals in nine games, and Sunday’s contest should be a lively affair.