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Killie picked up where they left off last season, going down 2-1 to Hibs on the opening day, leaving them with without a win in six across all competitions since shocking Rangers back in February.
However, they did still score in all but one of these, including a 3-1 defeat away to Celtic themselves, with that exact score landing in all three encounters between the two sides last season.
The Hoops certainly have the firepower to net three times as they demonstrated by destroying Hamilton 5-1 last weekend, but they showed some vulnerability early on and that was at Celtic Park.
Celtic To Win And Both Teams To Score
Away from home, Neil Lennon’s side only kept six clean sheets in 15 trips before last season was suspended early, including just two from seven since Christmas.
Against Hamilton, Greg Taylor was unconvincing stopping crosses coming in from the left flank, while Jeremie Frimpong played more as a winger on the other side, meaning Scott Brown was being pulled side to side in the middle like a windscreen wiper to aid his full-backs defensively.
This deficiency alone is hardly going to cost them a 10th consecutive league title this season, but will be more brutally exposed on the European stage.
Celtic To Win 3-1
Celtic may be better on home turf, but such is their domestic dominance that they’ve still won nine of 10 unbeaten road trips since late October. They bagged an average of exactly three goals per game over this spell, and with a distinct lack of clean sheets, another 3-1 scoreline between these two invites a small flutter.
Only one outcome is expected as Killie went W1-D2-L8 up against the top four last term. However, both sides found the net in seven of the 11 games, including five of six clashes with the Old Firm duo as Killie lost five of those too.
Killie had already conceded before half time in five of those six clashes with Celtic or Rangers, trailing at the break in four of them, and the Hoops are worthwhile backing to complete another HT/FT double.HHSsdd
In fact, Celtic have been ahead at both half time and full time in 22 of 31 games since the start of last season, including seven of the past 10 away from home. Meanwhile, Killie are W2-D7-L8 across the opening halves of their last 17 matches, with seven of those first-half defeats coming in their past 11 outings.