Killie may have won 6-0 at the weekend hosting fourth-tier outfit Queen’s Park, but top-flight results haven’t been quite so successful of late and they head into this fixture off the back of five straight defeats and no wins in seven.
In fact, they’ve failed to even register a goal in six appearances now, while their sole victory in 11 fixtures dating back to the end of October came at home over rock-bottom Hearts.
Celtic have now won 17 of 19 matches across all competitions since the October international break, with the exceptions coming away in Cluj when fielding a second-string side in the Europa League, as well as in a tightly contested Old Firm derby just prior to the New Year.
The three points shouldn’t be in doubt then, though given the Hoops are understandably at a short price, it’s the margin of victory that interests us more.
Of those 19 aforementioned matches, Celtic won by at least two clear goals in eight of the first 10, but the subsequent nine fixtures have seen them triumph by that same margin on just two occasions, with one of those coming over struggling Hearts.
That clash is the only one in Celtic’s past five road trips that saw them win by more than the solitary strike, and while the hosts sorely lack output, they can still boast the best defence in the division beyond the top two.
Celtic To Win By 1 Goal
Each of Killie’s last four fixtures have finished 1-0, while they’ve only been beaten by more than the single goal once in their past nine.
At Rugby Park alone, no one has beaten them by two goals or more in their 29 fixtures since the start of last season, with all seven defeats over this period finishing either 1-0 (four times) or 2-1 (three times).
The hosts also have form for frustrating Celtic in recent times. They’re W2-D2-L4 against the Hoops since October 2017, but although each of the past four meetings have ended in defeats, three of those came at Celtic Park, while the other was a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
On current form it would seem impossible for Killie to take any points from this encounter, but with home advantage, should have enough about them to avoid a humiliation of any kind.
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