Celtic have already hit five past Hamilton and added a further six goals against KR Reykjavik in Europe at home this term. However, away day blues have continued with a 1-1 stalemate at Kilmarnock in their only road trip so far.
That leaves Neil Lennon’s men with just one win in four on their travels going back to February, a modest 1-0 success over St. Johnstone, which is about the only slither of hope for Dundee Utd in this one.
The promoted outfit have made a decent return to the Premiership, winning both away games at Motherwell and Ross County, but they’ve only taken one point from their two home games so far.
In fact, they’ve only won three of 13 games across all competitions going back to January (W3-D6-L4).
Celtic To Win And Both Teams To Score
That’s not ideal when Celtic are coming to town as the visitors have won 21 of their last 24 league games, with the only defeat they’ve suffered over this period coming in an Old Firm derby.
However, both teams have scored in the first half alone in five of the past six, despite a relatively kind fixture list over this spell.
The Terrors seek to play with plenty of energy and intensity, pressing high and countering quickly, though it remains to be seen how effective that will be against the current nine-time champions.
It should boost their own chances of finding the net though and while we have no doubt Celtic will score, the hosts look capable of registering a consolation effort.
Despite some poor results away from home, Celtic should bag an early effort nonetheless. Dundee Utd could have been further behind before finding an equalizer at the weekend, while the Hoops have scored within 30 minutes in 17 of their last 21 matches in all competition now.
In fact, they’ve scored inside 20 minutes in nine of the last 13, including each of the past five.
Promoted teams have however caused Celtic some problems in recent years. The visitors are just W7-D5-L1 over the past three seasons against such sides, though given they’ve led at both half time and full time in five of the past six, they appear to be getting over that problem.
However, we’d avoid that market as Dundee Utd are yet to trail at the break in any of their four games this season, going in level in the past three.