Celtic v Rangers Prediction & Betting Tips, 29th April 201824th April 2018 / lee
Celtic v Rangers Scottish Premiership Preview, 29th April 12.00pm
It is a huge Old Firm derby coming up on Sunday and Celtic will win the title with a victory in the match at Celtic Park. So it could be a huge occasion for the Champions-elect against their oldest foes and it would probably make the title success that little bit sweeter. Can Rangers produce a performance to at least delay the inevitable and gain some revenge for their heavy Scottish Cup semi-final loss recently?
Celtic v Rangers Betting Odds*
Celtic 4/9, Draw 7/2, Rangers 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 4:24 p.m. on April 24th, 2018)
Celtic News and Form
Celtic could have won the league title last weekend, but they suffered a defeat against Hibs. But that means they get to win it in epic fashion, at home in the Old Firm derby if they can pick up the win. The last time that the title was on the line in an Old Firm rival was in 1999 when Rangers came out on top to get the league crown but it was a game which was marred by crowd trouble at Celtic Park. Actually Celtic may only need to draw this one if Aberdeen fails to beat Hearts on Friday night. But regardless of that they will likely just want to go out and get a win on the board in this one. This is Celtic’s second game since the league split, the first being that surprise loss at Hibs last weekend. That ended an unbeaten streak of eight games that they were on (W6 D2).
During that eight-game run, Celtic conceded in just two of those fixtures so Celtic to win to nil at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:24 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). In six of their last nine games Celtic have scored at least two goals and during that run, there was their 4-0 win over Rangers in the FA Cup semi-final back on April 15th. There should be enough in this game to send it over 2.5 goals and Celtic are going to want to try and enjoy this day at home. Celtic are on a fourteen match undefeated streak of home form in all competitions (W11 D3) and have taken a clean sheet in each of their last six there. It is going to be a big ask for Rangers to roll into town on such a big day of action and prevent Celtic from getting their win.
Rangers News and Form
The two rivals have met four times this season already and Celtic took a W3 D1 record from those meetings. The one draw in that sequence though was at Celtic Park in a Premiership fixture back in December. Rangers haven’t been Celtic in the last thirteen attempts now and in the bet365 correct score market a Celtic 2-0 option is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:24 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). Rangers may well be second in the Scottish Premiership but they are trailing their rivals by a long way. They did get a win on the board last weekend, beating Hearts 2-1, their first game since the split. They do have a scoring threat in Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass but how much of a look in are they going to get?
This is a difficult situation in a derby game for Rangers away from home and with Celtic trying to get the title. Rangers have failed to find the back of the net in four of their last six games against Celtic now in all competitions. So both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:24 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). Rangers haven’t been in top form lately either really, which started with a 2-3 defeat at Ibrox against Celtic back on March 11th. They are W2 D1 L3 in their last six games across all competitions, two of those three defeats coming in Old Firm derby clashes. Their away from isn’t all that bad though with a W6 D2 L1 record in their last nine away from Ibrox, the loss there being their FA Cup semi-final defeat. A win for Rangers would at least give them some revenge and some joy, but it would only delay the inevitable of Celtic winning the title.
Who will win – Celtic v Rangers Predictions
Celtic are probably going to make the most of this occasion and get the win on the board. Rangers have thrown a lot at them this season and have still come up short. Taking down the Bhoys in this big clash probably isn’t going to happen so back a home win to nil.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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