League leaders Hearts are the visitors on Saturday afternoon as champions Celtic look to continue the recent resurgence of their domestic form.
There were questions asked of Brendan Rodgers’ side early in the autumn, with an August defeat at Tynecastle contributing to their unusually slow start to the new term.
The Bhoys are on the up now though and can close to within a point of Hearts with a home win here.
Celtic -1 @ 20/27 against Hearts
Last December we witnessed Hearts shattering ‘The Invincibles’ with a 4-0 trouncing of Celtic and, in August, another 1-0 win was forthcoming at the Gorgie venue. Will Craig Levein’s side travel to Glasgow with a degree of confidence after one league defeat in 11 games? It’s Doubtful.
Hearts have lost 21 of their last 25 matches against Celtic in all competitions and they are hard to fancy here. The Hoops didn’t hit their stride at Murrayfield last week in the first half, but eventually were convincing 3-0 winners. Hearts lacked a creative spark in midweek as they were held scoreless by 10-man Hibs on their own patch.
Celtic have scored three goals in four of the last six meetings, those Tynecastle defeats aside, and come into this having hit the net 18 times in four domestic games. A second league reverse of the season, and a reality check, may be coming at the league leaders.
Aberdeen to beat Kilmarnock @ 29/20
The Dons make the trip to Rugby Park with their tails up, after the League Cup semi-final win over Rangers and a three-goal midweek stroll past Hamilton. Like Celtic, Derek McInnes’ side find themselves starting to build momentum after an unsure start.
Killie took a point from Ibrox on Wednesday but they did so in the face of a fairly inept Rangers performance, one that left Steven Gerrard bewildered as he admitted he and and his players are now “under pressure” to perform.
Steve Clarke’s side have, meanwhile, earned a reputation as being hard to defeat and well organised, but Kilmarnock haven’t achieved a clean sheet since they beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie on the first day of September – a run of seven games.
Aberdeen have won in their last two appearances at this Ayrshire venue and can do so again now.
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