Celtic’s season is gathering momentum with their latest outing seeing them overcome a potential banana skin against third-placed Hearts, with Kyogo Furuhashi’s first-half strike the difference maker.
The Hoops are now an impressive W10-D1-L1 since the start of October across all competitions, with the sole defeat inflicted by German outfit Leverkusen, while they netted at least twice in nine of these games.
Although Ange Postecoglou need have no concerns over his side’s attacking output, with his team joint-top scorers in the league alongside Old Firm rivals Rangers, there’s good reason to think they may have to work hard to carve out opportunities here.
Excluding a League Cup clash hosting second-tier outfit Raith Rovers, seven of Celtic’s past 11 domestic matches have now seen fewer than three goals, as only two of these games saw four strikes or more.
Dundee Utd have seen a dip in form as they’re just W1-D2-L3 since late October. However, aside from a seven-goal thriller with Hearts, five of these six games saw fewer than three goals, with just seven strikes in total across those five matches.
Under 2.5 Goals
Thomas Courts’ side are certainly struggling for output with only the bottom three teams in table scoring fewer goals this season, as they’ve scored just twice themselves across their past three outings against Aberdeen, Ross County and Motherwell.
On the flip side, only Celtic and Rangers have conceded fewer goals this term, with their opponents here holding the best defensive record in the division.
The four head-to-heads between these two since Dundee Utd returned to the Premiership last season have typically been low-scoring affairs, with a combined six goals across them.
The clashes at Parkhead saw more goals as Celtic won 3-0 last term and the two played out a 1-1 draw in September, but at Tannadice Park Celtic could only muster a 1-0 win and a goalless stalemate.
Celtic To Win To Nil
The hosts also showed how tight they can keep things when hosting Rangers back in August, running out 1-0 winners, so there’s good reason to think they can avoid an embarrassment here too.
However, Celtic’s form at the moment would suggest the three points are an inevitability, but It would come as no surprise to see the scoreline limited.
Dundee Utd have failed to score in all but one of their seven league defeats since April, with five of these finishing either 1-0 or 2-0.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS
CELTIC TO WIN TO NIL