The Bhoys in Green can win their eighth consecutive title by avoiding defeat on their travels to Aberdeen to face Derek McInnes side at Pittodrie. Following their win last week against Kilmarnock, they’re currently nine points clear of their Old Firm rivals Rangers with just nine points to play for. So, all Celtic need from their remaining three matches is a solitary point and that’s with Rangers winning all three remaining matches.
Just last month, Celtic brushed aside Aberdeen at Hampden 3-0 in the Scottish Cup Semi Final and Neil Lennon’s men will be hoping to do the same this weekend. As I said previously, Celtic walked past Kilmarnock last week and extended their unbeaten run to eleven matches across all competitions. One factor behind Celtic’s amazing current unbeaten run has been their solid defence, their clean sheet against Kilmarnock was their fifth in a row.
Aberdeen on the other hand, have a lot to play for. They currently sit in third just three points clear of fourth placed Kilmarnock, meaning they’re currently occupying the second Europa League spot . Last time out they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers, almost confirming Rangers second place finish this season. One reasoning behind Aberdeen being confined to a third place finish, lies with their home form, as they currently sit fifth in the home standings, but top of the away standings. With this in mind, it speaks a lot for Aberdeen, after a season of much promise comes to a fairly anti-climactic finish, following their recent exit from the Scottish Cup.
One big negative for The Dons, is that following his gestures to the Celtic fans during the Scottish Cup Semi Final, Derek McInnes will be sat in the stands, as he has been handed an extra one-match ban.
Derek McInnes has a fair few key injuries, as the likes Gary Mackay-Steven, Shay Logan, Niall McGinn and Graeme Shinnie are still sidelined and will play no part in this match. With these big players missing, the talents of Sam Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson will need to step up, if Aberdeen are to halt the Celtic title party.
Celtic will be without a few key squad members as Eboue Kouassi, Dedryck Boyata and Ryan Christie will all miss the game. Scotland as a whole will also be saddened by the news that Kieran Tierney will miss the next few months due to a hernia operation, scuppering their chances of Nations League glory.
With their current streak and with the title in mind, I think that Celtic will really go for the jugular and take the game to Aberdeen. I’m not saying by any means that this will be a walk over for Celtic, as I’d expect Aberdeen to get on the scoresheet. A good bit of value in this match is Celtic to Win and BTTS (3.60), I know Celtic have had a solid defensive record recently, but with so much at stake, I think Aberdeen will make a game of it.
With goals being at the top of the agenda, I’ve had a good look at the goalscorers market and both Odsonne Eduoard (2.20) and Sam Cosgrove (3.25) look a good price. The Frenchman sits as Celtic’s top goalscorer this season with a fourteen to his name. Sam Cosgrove on the other hand has had a great season in front of goal, sitting second in the golden boot race with sixteen goals, just behind Alfredo Morelos
Celtic to Win & BTTS @ 3.60
Odsonne Eduoard to Score Anytime @ 2.20
Odsonne Eduoard to Score first and Celtic to Win @ 6.5