The Scottish Premiership presents a full six-game card on Saturday, and Betfred’s Frank Monkhouse previews the action in Glasgow…
The Scottish Premiership returns to full speed following the distraction of the winter break and last weekend’s Scottish Cup fixtures. Followers enjoy a full programme on Saturday, with most games set for a 3:00 pm kick-off, including this tie in Glasgow. Celtic host Ross County with the Bhoys aiming to win and keep rivals Rangers at arm’s length.
While the hosts need the win to keep their title dreams alive, Ross County finds themselves in the thick of a relegation battle. The Staggies arrive on the back of a woeful run of form that has sucked them into the danger zone, piling pressure on Derek Adams and his Staggies. Can they pull off an upset at the home of the champions?
Celtic return from the winter break on top of the league, enjoying a cushion over Rangers and the chasing pack. The Bhoys have lost just twice this season and enter on a strong run of form, winning each of their last four league starts, including a 2-1 home cheer over Philippe Clement’s Gers.
Celtic were last in action on Sunday when going through the motions to eliminate Highland League team Buckie Thistle from the Scottish Cup.
Ross County returns with plenty of work to do to keep themselves in the league. The Staggies started the week in 11th with just Livingston beneath them in the pecking order.
They’ve lost three and drawn one of their last five games and suffered the humiliation of a 3-0 home defeat to Championship side Partick Thistle in the cup on Saturday. This season is in real danger of turning into a crisis for the team from Dingwall.
Celtic vs Ross County Odds
Here, we have a game involving a home team that’s on top of the league and pushing hard to defend their title against an opponent stuck in the relegation zone and on a long winless run. As a result, there are no surprises in the pre-game betting, with Betfred traders making the Glaswegians red-hot favourite.
Do you expect Celtic to get the job done and add another three points to their already impressive tally? You can back the home team to win at 1/11 on the Betfred website and app. The draw is 15/2, while those remaining faithful to the Ross County cause can back an away win at a huge 20/1.
Bet 1 - Celtic -1 handicap @ 1/3
It’s dangerous to take anything for granted in the Scottish Premiership, especially this season, but it’s almost impossible to build a believable case for Ross County winning at Parkhead. Unless they’ve turned things around during the winter break and Saturday was a false start, we expect Ross County to be on the end of a painful defeat.
There isn’t much point backing Celtic for a home win at the current odds available in the match-winner market. Instead, we play the specials, backing the Hoops -1 goal in the handicap market at odds of 1/3. That will do a job in your weekend accumulators, helping to boost returns.
Bet 2 - O’Riley anytime scorer @ 6/5
Looking for an interesting bet with better odds attached? We’ve found it in the anytime scorer market and will place our trust in the impressive Matt O’Riley.
The English midfielder is the second-highest scorer in the division at present, behind Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland and he’s capable of adding to his tally on Saturday.
O’Riley found the net when Celtic beat Ross County 4-2 at this venue back in August, and I’m confident he’ll get on the scoresheet again in this renewal. He’s a player full of confidence with the ability to drag his team up the park and into dangerous areas.
Frank Monkhouse covers Scottish Football for us here at Betfred Insights. You can check out all of his work along with that of the rest of our Football Betting Tips desk on our main Football page...