Celtic v Hibernian
Celtic find themselves in something of a rut with a W2-D1-L4 record since early September, though it should be noted that four of the five games they failed to win came in European competition. The likes of Real Madrid and Leipzig are a cut above their usual domestic competition, though Celtic will be seeking a more comfortable margin of victory after their past two league outings saw them claim narrow 2-1 victories over Motherwell and St. Johnstone.
Hibernian suffered their own setback on Tuesday as their four-game winning streak ended with a defeat away to Dundee Utd. They remain third in the table, albeit having played a game more than the other teams in the top half of the table, though it’s noticeable that all three of their defeats this term have come away from home.
Hibernian have scored in all but two of their 10 matches this season, though they’ve still largely been involved in some low-scoring affairs. Five of their last six have seen fewer than three goals, with four of these featuring just a solitary strike.
Past head-to-head meetings haven’t been particularly explosive in output either, with 12 of the last 15 meetings across all competitions seeing a maximum of three goals, while 10 saw a lower tally. Moreover, Jota and Liel Abada are doubts heading into the weekend for the hosts, reducing Ange Postecoglou’s creative options, while captain Callum McGregor is out until after the World Cup.
Celtic have only actually won by a two-goal margin in two of their past seven clashes with Hibernian, with four of these ending in draws. Admittedly, three of those stalemates came during the 2020/21 campaign before Postecoglou took over the Hoops, with the Australian winning three of four unbeaten clashes against Hibs.
CELTIC TO WIN AND UNDER 3.5 GOALS
Motherwell v Rangers
Rangers are reeling from a shocking defensive performance as Liverpool thrashed them 7-1 at Ibrox midweek, losing the second half 6-0 as they crashed out of the Champions League. Although the worst of the lot, the Gers have struggled generally against top sides this term with Celtic (4-0), Ajax (4-0), Napoli (3-0) all taking them to the cleaners since the start of September.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst can however point to back-to-back 4-0 victories domestically over Hearts and St. Mirren, while their opponents here are hardly excelling at present. They’ve lost three of four outings heading into this one to drop into the bottom half of the table, though they did smash Ross County 5-0 in the other game, while they also ran Celtic close in a 2-1 defeat at Parkhead.
Both teams have actually scored in all seven meetings between these two sides since the 2020/21 campaign, with Rangers and both teams to score landing on four occasions. That appears a likely outcome here, as excluding clashes with Celtic, Rangers have won 15 of 16 unbeaten league games since the start of March. Away from home (and again excluding Celtic), both teams have scored in eight of the Gers’ 11 road trips going back to the start of this calendar year.
RANGERS TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
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