Scottish Football Betting Preview – 03/12/16
Scottish Football Betting Preview – 03/12/16
Motherwell v Celtic
Mark McGee will be hoping his Motherwell side can hold their own against an onslaught from Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic on Saturday, as the league leaders pay a visit to Fir Park. Well are sixth in the Premiership table with only goal difference keeping seventh place Dundee at bay. Their game in hand is something of great importance though, as it could boost their chances of remaining in their play-off place, giving them a second chance of securing three points if their fixture against Celtic doesn’t result in their favour.
Their league position won’t be meeting the expectations of their fans, but the squad is mostly full of talent. Scott McDonald has heaps of experience from his time at Middlesbrough and Celtic, signing in 2015 to enjoy his second spell at the club, scoring four goals this season. Defender Richard Tait and midfielder Craig Clay signed from Grimsby Town in the summer and have both been important players in the side. Top scorer for Well this season has been 24-year-old Louis Moult, who has six league strikes.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic have been an issue to almost every side in the Scottish Premiership this season, winning every single game apart from against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where Richie Foran took a point in a four goal thriller. The Bhoys are set for yet another league title, unphased by the supposed worry of Rangers return in the summer, who have so far failed to live up to the hype. Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have enjoyed a crucial partnership, scoring a combined sixteen league goals. Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths have also played their part, always readily available to make themselves known on the scoresheet.
It was an important game for Celtic in their last match, as the faced Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup Final. They went ahead after just 16 minutes, where Tom Rogic entered the penalty area from the right, cutting in to strike the ball home with his left foot. Rogic then played the ball to James Forrest, who made a faultless run into Aberdeen’s area, striking into the bottom corner of Joe Lewis’ goal. The tie was finished off with a 64th minute penalty, calmly put away by Moussa Dembele, which had the side keeping a clean sheet and defeating one of the only teams in the league who could be dangerous to Celtic.
Celtic -2 (Best priced at 7/5 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Moussa Dembele to score anytime (Best priced at 8/13 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Rangers v Aberdeen
Rangers fans will be watching their next result on the edge of their seats, as it could mean a more secure placement in the top three places of the Scottish Premiership. They’ve been far from perfect since their promotion from the Scottish Championship in the summer though, winning seven and drawing five of their fifteen league fixtures – which sounds positive if it weren’t for the insanely high standards set by rivals Celtic, who are unbeaten this season. Playing Celtic in early September point out just how big a gap there now is between the two, as Celtic thrashing them by five goals to one.
Since their embarrassing defeat to Celtic, Mark Warburton’s side have won four and drawn three of nine league games, with hopes of getting another three points from Hearts in their most recent fixture. Hearts came out as an attacking threat, hassling Rangers’ fragile defence. The deadlock was broken when Bjorn Johnsen’s clever pass made it through to Robbie Muirhead, who hit the ball into Wes Foderingham’s goal. Muirhead doubled his tally in the 60th minute with another finish from the back-post. Rangers couldn’t react, leaving them with a result that could set them behind schedule yet again.
For most of the season so far, Aberdeen have been the only team looking capable of putting up a fight against top place Celtic. All three of their games against them tell a different story, as they lost each fixture including their last game, which saw them conceding three goals against the Bhoys in the Scottish League Cup final. They’ve been enjoying some better form in the league for their other matches though, winning seven and drawing three out of thirteen games played in the Scottish Premiership.
Manager Derek McInnes pushed his side to a second place finish in the division in their last campaign and have shown that they aren’t willing to become the third best side in the league, with Rangers making a celebrated return to the top tier. Aberdeen have fallen from second to fourth in recent games, but that is only really due to the fact that efforts in the Scottish League Cup have postponed some key fixtures, leaving them with a crucial two games in hand. Adam Rooney has been top scorer for the side this season, scoring four goals. Jayden Stockley has come along in recent weeks and looks like he could be a threat to opposition sides in future fixtures.
Aberdeen to win (Best priced at 12/5 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Jayden Stockley to score anytime (Best priced at 13/5 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
See our Scottish Football Betting Tips for this weekend HERE
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