Newly-promoted Dundee United look to cause a shock when they host perennial Scottish champions Celtic in Saturday’s early evening kick-off.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Celtic last took to the pitch in their bid to win their tenth-consecutive league title, having seen their last two games postponed due to coronavirus.
Having slipped up with a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock in their last domestic outing, they come into this weekend’s fixtures six points behind old rivals Rangers and will be looking to avoid the psychological blow of losing any more ground (albeit with two games in hand).
They’ve been able to keep ticking over, however, with a Europa League qualifier on Tuesday evening, a one-legged Champions League qualifier against Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik. It was a resounding 6-0 victory in a similar vein to the 5-1 thrashing of Hamilton on the opening weekend.
But the hosts have made a solid start to the new campaign, with former Tranmere coach Micky Mellon making a good start to his latest job. They’ve won two of their last three matches, and seven from 12 available in total, having convincingly topped the second tier last season.
That’s an especially impressive record considering they’ve been missing talisman Lawrence Shankland, who has been sidelined since the opening weekend. The Scotland international scored 28 goals in all competitions last term but is yet to open his account in the Scottish Premiership - and he remains a major doubt here.
As ever, there’s little value in a straightforward Celtic win. Paddy Power back them at just 1/6 for the away win, but given they’ve won their last seven matches against Dundee United and scored at least three goals in six of those, there’s always a good chance of a resounding victory. Celtic to win by 4 or more goals is priced at 5/1.
We recommend backing Odsonne Edouard to get the first goal here. He was unstoppable against Hamilton in the opening weekend and scored 22 league last season - nine more than any other player.
Given that record he’s far likelier to open the scoring than any other player, and odds of 12/5 with Betfair Sportsbook are generous in that context.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Odsonne Edouard to score first - 12/5 (Betfair Sportsbook)