Scottish Premiership – Kilmarnock v Celtic Prediction

Kilmarnock go in to this match knowing they are without the likes of Dale Carrick, Craig Slater, Tope Obadeyi and Lee McCulloch. What is more worrying perhaps are the doubts lingering over the health of star striker, Kris Boyd. Midfielder Curtis Johnston may feature but is not a certainty. There is good news for Kilmarnock fans, although it may not be as exciting as one would hope, the goalkeeper shortage has been dealt with. Young Oliver Davies has arrived on loan from Swansea and will likely take a place on the bench.

No such worries for the champions, with both Charlie Mulgrew and Scott Brown possibly returning in this match. Nadir Ciftci will serve the third of his six game suspension but no other worries exist for Celtic. Partick Thistle lost 2-0 at home to the Hoops over the past weekend, expect the men from Glasgow to line up pretty much the same again, with the skipper taking his place in the eleven should he be fit.

Possible Line-ups

Kilmarnock: 5-3-2 Formation: MacDonald; Smith, Connolly, Westlake, O’Hara, Ashcroft; Hamill, Robinson, Higginbotham; McKenzie, Boyd

Celtic: 4-2-3-1 Formation: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Armstrong, Commons, Rogic, Johansen; Griffiths

  • Kilmarnock have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 5 of their last 10 matches.
  • Celtic have won 8, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches.
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Kilmarnock have scored an average of 1.6 goals and conceded an average of 1.6 goals per game.
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Celtic have scored an average of 2.1 goals and conceded an average of 0.7 goals per game.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Kilmarnock’s previous 10 matches.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 3 of Celtic’s previous 10 matches.
  • Celtic have won the previous 8 matches between these two sides.


Kilmarnock head into this game knowing it will take something special to take any points away from the title favourites. An injury ravaged side that could potentially be missing the talents of their main man Kris Boyd, are unlikely to secure a first win over Celtic since 2012.

These are the kind of games that Celtic often make look like a formality; although it is true what they say, anything can happen in football and at this level it is crucial to never underestimate your opponent. That being said, Celtic have won their opening two fixtures and while they did nothing remarkable in the transfer window they did sign Belgian international, Dedryck Boyata. A talented centre half who probably stayed at Manchester City a little too long. Expect him to flourish in Scotland.

Do not be brave if you plan on betting on this fixture, everyone loves a punt occasionally but to put money on Kilmarnock is akin to flushing it away. Expect Ronny Deila and the Bhoys to get the job done just as they seemingly always do against Kilmarnock.

We say: Celtic to win 3-1 at 11/1 with Bet365.

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