Celtic vs Motherwell Prediction: BTTS a top play at Parkhead

 | November 23 | 

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Club football returns following the international break, and followers of the Scottish Premiership are raring to go after seeing Scotland book its spot at Euro 2024 in Germany.

We return to Premiership action on Saturday afternoon at the home of the champions as Celtic host Motherwell from 3:00PM...

Celtic vs Motherwell Betting Tips:

  • Back Both Teams to Score @ 11/10
  • Back BTTS & Celtic win @ 13/8

Celtic kick-off an important spell in their title defence as the Scottish Premiership champions aim to pick up where they left off before the break. The Glaswegians start on top of the table, with their stats showing 11 wins and two draws from 13 games, scoring 34 goals and conceding just seven. The Hoops are eight points clear of nearest rivals Rangers and could move to double-figures with the light blues at Aberdeen on Sunday.

Motherwell arrive in Glasgow sitting eighth in the table, with their season stats showing a miserable three wins, three draws, and seven defeats, scoring 15 and conceding 21. The visitors carry an extended winless run, losing three and drawing two of their last five Premiership outings. Well are just two points better than bottom club Livingston, and the pressure is mounting on a defence already low on confidence.

Team News

Celtic take to the field on Saturday chasing a fourth league win on the bounce following a surprise goalless draw at Hibs in October. Since dropping points in the capital, the Bhoys have beaten St Mirren 2-1 at this venue, thrashed Ross County 3-0 on the road, then turned on the style to demolish Aberdeen 6-0 in Glasgow in their most recent game.

Another three points would strengthen Celtic’s position at the top of the table, piling pressure on Rangers. Home manager Brendan Rodgers has a midweek Champions League game against Lazio but must prepare his team for the challenge of Motherwell without several key players. Reo Hatate, Liel Abada, and Daizen Maeda all miss out, while doubts remain over Kyogo Furuhashi and Luis Palma.

Mugabi Impresses

Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell knows results haven’t been good enough, but he must now rally his under-fire squad for a trip to the champions. The Steelmen were last seen in action, dropping to a 2-1 home defeat against Hearts. A Blair Spittal penalty on 78 minutes gave the scoreline a shred of respectability, but it came after Lawrence Shankland had scored a double to put the Jambos in the driving seat.

The visitors have struggled in defence, but Bevis Mugabi could help tighten things up for Kettlewell ahead of Saturday’s visit to Parkhead. The defender played 90 minutes for Uganda in a World Cup qualifier against Somalia, helping his nation to a clean sheet and a hard-fought 1-0 win. Mugabi is now likely to be thrown into the heart of the Motherwell backline against Celtic.

Celtic vs Motherwell Odds

The pre-match betting odds on Celtic v Motherwell are available on the Betfred website and mobile app. There are no surprises in the market, although there’s plenty of value available for those willing to rummage around to find it. The home win is 1/9 favourite at Betfred, and that’s tight, even for your weekend accumulators, meaning value hunters must work a little harder for their share.

There has been no more than one goal between Celtic and Motherwell in their last three games. Will we see another competitive contest? You can back the away win at a stunning 14/1, and that’s sure to catch the eye of those loyal to the Steelmen. The draw is 6/1.

Bet 1 - Both Teams to Score @ 11/10

Taking struggling Motherwell to score at Parkhead seems a risky approach, but the stats support our prediction, and the odds available make it worth the gamble. We were surprised to see both teams to score at odds against.

A bet on the BTTS market would’ve landed you a winner in each of the last three games involving these teams and in four of the previous five. The Hoops kept a clean sheet when annihilating Aberdeen but conceded at home against St Mirren and Kilmarnock. Motherwell has recently celebrated goals in Perth and Edinburgh. Getting at least one at Parkhead is a worthwhile wager.

Bet 2 - Both Score and Celtic Win @ 13/8

Sticking with the idea Motherwell can add to their five goals scored this month, we’re backing both teams to score and Celtic to win at a handy 13/8. The hosts are pushing hard for the title and could pull further clear of Rangers by bagging three points at home.

Motherwell - despite sitting in eighth position - are eager to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Their opponents will have one eye on the midweek trip to Italian Serie A side Lazio in the Champions League, and that may create a more competitive contest than the pre-match betting odds suggest.

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