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Celtic are looking good to get their hands back on the Premiership title. Will they move three points closer as they host St Johnstone? Find out with our Celtic vs St Johnstone preview here along with the predictions and free tips we mention along the way.
Celtic vs St Johnstone: Our top betting tips
Check out our match predictions for the big game.
- HT Result: Celtic @ 8/15 (1.53)
- Result & BTTS: Celtic & Yes @ 5/2 (3.50)
- Total goals: Over 2.5 @ 8/15 (1.53)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Bhoys to hold a HT lead
Celtic have been on fire lately; they have won five games in a row, and have no losses in their last six games. It’s worth pointing out that Celtic have been the highest scoring team in the Premiership this season; because they score a lot of goals, the Bhoys tend to score first. Celtic drew first blood in four of their last five games, they led at half-time in four of those games. It’s been the same case when Celtic face St Johnstone; they scored the first goal in 13 of their last 15 meetings with St Johnstone. Considering Celtic led at half-time in three of their last four clashes with St Johnstone, we should expect them to take the lead before the half-time break.
Celtic will win but won’t keep it clean
Celtic have dominated St Johnstone over the years; they have no losses in their last 20 encounters with St Johnstone, with 17 wins and three draws. In fact, the Bhoys won all of their last five meetings with St Johnstone. We’ve already pointed out that Celtic have won five games in a row; they will be going up against a St Johnstone side that’s coming off back-to-back wins. Additionally, St Johnstone found the back of the net in six of their last eight games. All things considered, Celtic shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this game; however, considering St Johnstone’s recent form, we believe they’ll score at least one goal.
Goals, goals, goals
We have already established that Celtic have scored the highest number of goals in the Premiership; they’ve averaged 2.2 goals per game this season, with 71 goals in 32 league games. Due to their goal scoring prowess, Celtic’s games have mostly been on the high-scoring side; four of their last five games went over 2.5. St Johnstone have not had too many high-scoring games recently; however, they scored a goal per game on average in their last 10 games. On that note, we’re predicting a high-scoring affair.
The best odds for Celtic vs St Johnstone
Celtic vs St Johnstone: Team News
Celtic went six points clear at the top of the Premiership table with a win at Rangers last weekend; they have won five games in a row, and are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions. The Bhoys will look to put more pressure on Rangers with a win today; all eyes will be on Liel Abada.
St Johnstone have had a disappointing Premiership campaign so far; they are second-last, with just seven wins in 32 league games. However, St Johnstone are coming off impressive back-to-back wins against Livingston and Motherwell; they’ll hope to make it three wins from three, with the help of Callum Hendry.
The final word on Celtic vs St Johnstone
- Who are the bookies favourites? Celtic
- When is kick off? 15:00 GMT
- Where is the game being played? Celtic Park