Scottish Football Betting Preview – 23/12/16
Scottish Football Betting Preview – 23/12/16
Motherwell v Aberdeen – 23/12/16
It’s eighth versus third at Fir Park as Motherwell take on Aberdeen. Mark McGhee’s Motherwell haven’t had the start to the season that they would’ve hoped for. The Steelmen are closer to bottom of the table Partick Thistle than St. Johnstone in fifth position and they’re finding it really difficult to build any sort of consistency. Motherwell fans have seen their side go four games without a victory and they’re losing pace on their rivals. However, the next eight days represent a fantastic opportunity for them to make up some ground. McGhee’s men are in action no fewer than three times and they’ll be determined to end 2016 on a high.
Motherwell were last in league action on Saturday when they managed to leave St. Johnstone with a respectable point. An Alexander Bieler own goal gave them the lead after just twelve minutes but they were forced to settle for a point following Christopher Kane’s equaliser on the hour mark. It was an improved performance and with home advantage here they’ll certainly feel they can get a positive result. The form of summer arrivals Richard Tait and Craig Clay has been particularly pleasing for McGhee but one man who was already there has grabbed the headlines. Louis Moult is the clubs top scorer with eight goals and seven of those have come at Fir Park – no player has scored more home goals in the SPL.
Visitors Aberdeen on the other hand have had a strong start to the season and they find themselves up in third position on merit. Derek McInnes’ men have been involved in an entertaining tug of war with Rangers for second place for the majority of the season, but they come into this clash seven points off them. But The Dons crucially have a game in hand and play before Mark Warburton’s men – who face Inverness on Saturday. So this game gives them a real opportunity to put some early pressure on them being they kick off at Ibrox. But the Dons’ recent form won’t send too many shivers down their spines – they’ve won just one of their last four.
Aberdeen were last in action on Saturday when they made the trip to Victoria Park to take on Ross County. It was a difficult afternoon for McInnes’ men which saw them go behind after just 26 minutes to the prolific Liam Boyce. Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn offered a lifeline after 68 minutes by striking an equaliser, but the travelling Dons fans had to settle for disappointment. Alex Schalk netted a winner for the home side with just two minutes to go despite going down to ten men and we’re expecting a big response here. They’ve won four of their last seven on the road and their games are always full of goals – 22 in their last seven – so we’re thinking more of the same here.
Aberdeen to win & BTTS: (Best Priced at 5/2 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Louis Moult to score first: (Best Priced at 15/2 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Hamilton Academical v Celtic – 24/12/16
Marting Canning’s Hamilton Academical face the daunting task of runaway leaders Celtic at New Douglas Park. It’s been a difficult start to the season for The Accies and they find themselves just one point above bottom of the table Partick Thistle coming into the festive period. Their supporters have seen them win just two of their eighteen league games this season – with the most recent one coming almost two months ago on October 25th against high-flying Aberdeen (1-0). A huge improvement in performance and consistency is needed if they’re to challenge for a spot in the top five and the omens don’t look great.
Hamilton were last in SPL action on Friday when they took on Rangers on home soil. It was always going to be a difficult afternoon for them against a very strong Gers side but they will be pleased with how competitive they were in the game. They made things difficult for their illustrious opponents but they found themselves 2-0 down just after the second half courtesy of two Martyn Waghorn strikes. Dougie Imrie replied with thirteen minutes left on the clock and but they just couldn’t find that extra one to claim a priceless point. It’s the second time they’ve Celtic this month and with a game against Aberdeen coming up next, it’s vital they try get some points soon or they could 2017 at the foot of the league.
Brendan Rodgers and Celtic are cruising at the moment and it would take one of the biggest collapses in Scottish football history for them to be caught at the top now, even though it isn’t even Christmas yet. The Bhoys have been fantastic under their new boss and they’ve blown away almost any opponent who’s got in their way. Only Inverness have managed to stop Celtic from taking three points this season – they held Celtic to a 2-2 draw after netting an 89th minute equaliser which highlights just how dominant they are domestically. Rodgers’ men face some of the divisions strugglers over the next few weeks and he’ll be eager to get the title wrapped up as soon as possible.
Celtic picked up their eleventh successive league win on Saturday when they overcame a plucky Dundee side 2-1 at Celtic Park. It was an afternoon where they were made to work hard for the three points and they came through two very well taken goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Britton either side of the half-time whistle. Rodgers would’ve been pleased with the win but it saw Celtic fail to keep a clean sheet for the third time in four games which is slightly concerning.
But their options in attack mean they’re more than capable of firing their way to success no matter the opponents. The likes of Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Tomas Rogic are all enjoying fantastic campaigns – but none more so than Scott Sinclair. The former Aston Villa man is a man reborn following his move north of the border and he’s hit an impressive nine goals in ten starts for the club – no Celtic player has more in the league. And we can see his tricky wing play causing this struggling Accies backline all kinds of problems here.
Scott Sinclair to score & Celtic to win: (Best Priced at 10/11 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Celtic to win both halves: (Best Priced at 11/10 at Coral) – BET HERE
See our Scottish Football Betting Tips for this weekend HERE
Watch highlights from Celtic’s 2-1 win over Dundee here: