Location: Celtic Park
Date: 31st October 2015.
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Celtic are still fighting on four fronts after defeating Hearts in the Scottish League Cup.
That victory gives Ronny Deila a bit of breathing space and boy did he need that with some big games still to come.
There should be no looking past Saturday when The Dons visit for an early afternoon kick off. Lose at home and the gap at the top closes to a single point again.
The only people cheering on The Hoops on Saturday will be their own fans and bettors who follow this Celtic v Aberdeen betting preview. Everyone else with an interest in Scottish football will be hoping for an away win.
A draw wouldn’t be the worst result in the world for Aberdeen or the competition. But it would leave Ronny Deila having to deal convincingly with Molde on Thursday to quell the disquiet.
Luckily for him Aberdeen are coming here in very poor form. There last win was a superb 1-3 victory away to Hearts where they announced themselves as real contenders.
A defeat in the league cup to Hibs followed and since then the wheels have been travelling independently of the carriage.
There is some good news in Mark Reynolds’ return to the heart of defence. Saturday should be his third game since getting injured in the Europa League way back at the beginning of July.
They hadn’t looked like missing him at all up until five games ago when they suddenly started conceding goals. Derek McInnes must be delighted to have him to call on just when he needs him the most.
Celtic are yet to elaborate on the extent of the injury Scott Brown picked up on Wednesday but it doesn’t look good for the Celtic captain.
Celtic missing his tenacity and drive is good news for any team visiting Celtic Park and that needs to be considered when deciding on any betting action.
Celtic v Aberdeen Betting Preview Betting Odds
Celtic are of course favourites and it’s a rare thing to see them priced as high as 1.5(1/2) for a domestic home game. Aberdeen are best priced at 7.5(13/2) with Skybet and Paddy Power who also price a draw as high as 4/1.
Backing Celtic -1 Asian Handicap is a best 1.8(4/5) with McBookie and that offers potential. Regular readers will know my thoughts on Celtic on that market (Home Game + Asian Handicap = long term profit).
The last time the teams met at Celtic park this bet was available at 2.0(evens). It may be worth holding out a little longer for something closer to that mark.
In the first goalscorer market Mikael Lustig at 25/1 and Dedryck Boyata at 33/1 both with Paddy Power have great appeal.
Celtic v Aberdeen betting preview free football tips and betting tips
Dedryck Boyata FGS @ 33/1 with Paddy Power
Mikael Lustig FGS @ 25/1 with Paddy Power
NOTE: Holding out for a better price on Celtic -1 Asian Handicap