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Celtic vs Motherwell Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview

Celtic vs Motherwell Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Saturday, 15 October 2016

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic play host to Ross County this Saturday. Read the match predictions to find out why Hoops are the betting tip to secure an easy victory at Parkhead.

Celtic vs Motherwell Preview

Celtic may have been suffering from a Champions League hangover after their heroics against Manchester City but managed to get the job done and win 0-1 away to Dundee to preserve their 4 point lead at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Motherwell lost for the first time in 5 matches when going down 1-3 at home to Hearts and have dropped to 6th in the standings.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to have no injury concerns after the international break and is likely to field a strong side. Kolo Toure will be hoping to force his way back in but it could be Sviatchenko and Šimunović at the back, with the Ivorian saved for the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach. Leigh Griffiths will once again be on the subs bench, behind the in-form Moussa Dembélé in the pecking order.

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee had witnessed a slight upturn in results prior to the defeat to Hearts and the next two home games could be tough to endure. The personnel should remain largely unchanged but against Celtic, what is described as a 4-3-3 is likely to become more of a 4-5-1. That could see Scott McDonald drop to the bench for James McFadden and Ryan Bowman switched to the right-flank.

Team Predictions Celtic vs Motherwell

Celtic 4-2-3-1 formation: Gordon; Tierney, Sviatchenko, Šimunović, Lustig; Bitton, Brown; Sinclair, Rogic, Forrest; Dembélé

Motherwell 4-5-1 formation: Samson; Hammell, McManus, Heneghan, Tait; McFadden, Clay, Lasley, Cadden, Bowman; Moult 

Celtic vs Motherwell Tips

  • Celtic have won 6 drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
  • Motherwell have won 3 drawn 3 and lost 4 of their last 10 matches
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Celtic have scored an average of 2.7 goals and conceded an average of 1.9 goals per game
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Motherwell have scored an average of 1.4 goals and conceded an average of 1.7 goals per game
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Celtic’s previous 10 matches
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Motherwell’s previous 10 matches


Celtic v Manchester City in the Champions League

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Celtic vs Motherwell Prediction

Celtic stuffed Kilmarnock 6-1 in their last home game in the Scottish Premiership and carried that goalscoring form into the next match where they went toe to toe with Man City in a pulsating 3-3 draw. It wasn’t all guns blazing away to Dundee but Hoops will be looking to put on a show back in front of their own fans.

Barring a 0-0 against Dundee a few games back, Motherwell have been finding the net. They out-gunned Hamilton Academicals 4-2 and were held to a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle, before grabbing a consolation goal in the defeat to Hearts.

The Steelmen have produced just one shutout in the league this season and can expect to have their defensive capabilities put to the test in this one. If they can prevent Celtic from getting an early goal, then the home supporters may grow restless and increase the pressure. Otherwise, the floodgates could be open.

Celtic enjoyed a runaway 5-0 success over Motherwell in the League Cup back in August and while I’m not tipping such a heavy defeat for the visitors, they will probably suffer a similar fate. Even though Motherwell have been scoring, I fancy them to struggle here and the hosts should keep them at arm’s length.

Free Betting Tips

Match Prediction

Celtic to win to nil at 10/11 with Ladbrokes

Over/Under Prediction

Over 2.5 goals at 2/7 with bet365

Correct Score Prediction

Celtic to win 3-0 at 7/1 with 888Sport

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