Location: Celtic Park
Date: 2nd January 2016
Thistle are the surprise package of December and will fancy their chances of giving Celtic a run for their money.
That could be little more than wishful thinking though with Celtic having the opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. Knowing that Aberdeen have a tough game away to St Johnstone I think they will have their eye on the ball for this one.
The Jags have been in great form and are unbeaten in six matches. When you consider that it took them eleven games to get their first win of the season under their belt a run of four wins and two draws is exceptional.
Their season turned when they met Dundee Utd and a 3-0 home win saw them embark on a ten game stretch with a solitary defeat to Hearts. The 0-0 draw they picked up at Pittodrie on Wednesday will have done wonders for them with all accounts suggesting they were far from overawed.
But a trip to the champions is a different matter with Thistle only managing a single goal in their last seven meetings. All seven games were victories for Celtic with five off them comprehensive enough to cover a handicap. You have to go back to 1995 to find a game where Partick Thistle avoided defeat to Celtic.
I mentioned in my Dundee v Celtic preview during the week how Celtic’s failure to win two domestic games in a row has echoes of last season. After losing to Dundee Utd and drawing with Ross County over the Christmas period last year 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.
This season The Hoops are a little weaker but that’s not to say they aren’t about to turn the corner in the same fashion.
Celtic v Partick Betting Preview Betting Odds
Celtic are backable at 1.22 (11/50) with McBookie, Paddy Power and Skybet and Thistle will tempt a few underdog backers at 13/1 with Boylesports. The draw is best priced with McBookie at 6/1 but I am relying on an old favourite that has actually let me down once or twice this season.
I still maintain that Celtic at home with a -2 Asian Handicap at even money or better will return a profit in the long term. McBookie have priced that up at 2.12 (28/25) and with stake back insurance should they win by exactly two that’s plenty for me to get involved.
McBookie are also offering a price of 2.05 (21/20) on Celtic Win To Nil and that’s another bet that should be taken into consideration.
Celtic v Partick betting preview free football tips and betting tips
Celtic -2 Asian Handicap @ 2.12 with McBookie