Scottish Premiership, kick-off at 7:45pm Wednesday 25th October 2017 from Pittodrie
The top-two sides in the Scottish Premiership go head-to-head for the first time this season on Wednesday evening, in a meeting played out live in front of the BT Sport cameras from 7.45pm. Both halves of the divide boast unbeaten records after nine games, level on 23 points at the summit. Something has to give. Will Aberdeen shake things up with a win?
Another Celtic cheer is deemed a lot more likely, according to traders, who have The Bhoys knocked up as odds-on favourites to take control of the title race. Have your say on the match winner, correct score, first goal scorer and plenty more. Our Scottish football pundits take you through the best of their betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Aberdeen
The Dons have picked up where they left off last season and after keeping Rangers at arm’s length, they now aim to close the gap between themselves and champions Celtic. The Bhoys beat Aberdeen to the Premiership, League Cup and FA Cup last season, Derek McInnes and co will want to be a lot more competitive in the coming months. They failed to force the issue in the League Cup, of course, but can signal their intentions with a win on Wednesday.
Easier said than done, given The Bhoys’ incredible unbeaten domestic run, but there’s reason for followers of the home team to be confident. They’ve yet to suffer defeat in this campaign, and have won each of their last three. Wins over Motherwell, St Johnstone and, most recently, Hibs makes up that purple patch. Made all the more impressive when we learn they’ve kept a clean-sheet in each match. Aberdeen to win to nil is 9/1 at Coral.
That doesn’t stand much chance, according to bookies, and neither does the home win. If you want to side with The Dons in your betting tips and predictions, be sure to do it at William Hill, as they are offering out a market best price of 11/2, which is bigger than we expected to find. 16/5 (Betfair) is one of the better offers if sticking with the draw.
Team News – Celtic
Celtic, like their opponents, go in with a CV showing seven wins and two draws, but Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys have six more in the goal difference tally, given them a fragile lead. Will they sure that up with victory at the home of their main rivals? They won both visits to Pittodrie on league action last season, including a 3-1 back in May. Boyata, Armstrong and Griffiths were all on target that day.
The visitors were involved in a six-goal thriller with Hibs at Hampden on Saturday in the semi-finals of the League Cup. A 4-2 win booked their place in another final, and Rodgers urged his side to continue making history. Lustig grabbed a double at the national stadium, Dembele also helping himself to two. The latter climbed off the bench to have a real impact on the game, including a winner on 88 minutes.
The Frenchman to score first on Wednesday is a 7/2 poke at Bet Victor, or those after a bit of a safety net can get on the 11/10 (Coral) about a goal anytime. An away win is favourite, which will come as no surprise to followers of Scottish football. Coral’s 4/7 appears to be the general feeling at the time of writing, and we expect that to feature in a fair share of accumulators. -1 on the handicap gives a bit more, 13/8 (Betfair).
Aberdeen vs Celtic – Scottish Premiership Tips and Betting Predictions
Celtic fully deserve to be favourites here, but you’ve got to hope, for the good of Scottish football, that Aberdeen can be a touch more competitive in this fixture than they were last season. We’ll have both teams to score as the NAP of our betting tips. Follow our thinking and bet365 will drop a market best price 19/20 into your account.
2-1 Celtic is the standout of our correct score predictions, a 7/1 play with most firms, including bet365. That was the score when these teams last met, serving up a thriller in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden. If Aberdeen can remain calm at the back, they’ll get chances to hit on the counter-attack. It’s then up to their attacking players to make it count.
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