Location: Celtic Park
Date: 19th January 2016
A few weeks ago I pointed out some parallels in Celtic’s results this year and last year.
The premise I was presenting was that a draw and loss over the exact same Christmas period could point to similar outcomes. In January of 2015, after losing to Dundee Utd and drawing with Ross County over the Christmas period, they turned the new year with a 0-2 win away to Kilmarnock.
That was the first of twenty league games with just one defeat, at home to St Johnstone. The only other team to beat them in normal time in twenty-eight matches was Inter at the San Siro. They went on to win the league (by seventeen points), the league cup and were a horrendous refereeing mistake from a real shot at the treble.
Fast forward twelve months and it was a very scrappy, many would say fortunate, 1-0 win at home to Partick Thistle that set up the potential of a similar escapade. Since then they dispatched Stranraer comfortably but there was a hint of a return to form at Dundee Utd on Friday night.
There is no doubt that Leigh Griffith’s return has added to their attacking potency and with six goals in his last four games he shows no signs of stopping. He has scored in fourteen of his eighteen league games this season although on Friday night he was helped by Dundee Utd’s inability to defend effectively.
On Tuesday they take on a Hamilton Academical side who kept their first clean sheet in sixteen games at St Johnstone on Saturday. That followed on the back of a humiliating 4-1 beating in the cup to League 2 Annan Athletic, a game that really should have seen them win for just the third time in fifteen matches.
Martin Canning is potentially the most under fire manager in the Scottish Premiership so a clean sheet was badly needed, particularly after conceding eleven goals in their previous three. On Tuesday they face a Celtic side that could just be clicking into gear so keeping the score down could be a very hard ask.
Celtic v Hamilton Betting Preview Betting Odds
The Hoops are red hot favourites at a best priced 1.17 (1/6) with Paddy Power and Skybet with Hamilton as high as 22/1 with Betfair to win the game. The draw is best priced at 7/1 with bet365, McBookie, Ladbrokes and Coral.
The goals markets don’t offer too much opportunity with +2.5 goals a miserable 1.5 (1/2) with Skybet and shortening across the board. Anyone who fancies backing +3.5 goals in the game can get 2.2 (6/5) also with Skybet.
Another option would be backing +3.5 total Celtic goals which pays no more than 2.88 (47/25) with Boylesports. But it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Celtic haven’t scored more than a solitary goal in their last five home games.
Still, it looks like they should have enough to cover a handicap against The Accies and doubling that up with an Inverness handicap pays out at 2.36 (34/25) with bet365 and Ladbrokes.
Celtic v Hamilton betting preview free football tips
Celtic -1 & Inverness -1 @ 2.36 with bet365