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Celtic have now lost just two times in 16 appearances across all competitions and emerged victorious in for of their last five, avenging a recent home defeat to St. Mirren last time out as they thumped Jim Goodwin’s side 4-0 on the road.
It should be noted that the scoreline was somewhat flattering as a late blitz contributed heavily to the scoreline, but nonetheless it was a second 4-0 triumph away from home in a row.
Although the title is gone, second place is looking much more secure now, though they shouldn’t have it all their own way here.
St. Johnstone’s only defeat in nine across all competitions came at the hands of Rangers, and even that was a narrow 1-0 loss at Ibrox, where Steven Gerrard’s men have won all 13 games this season prior to their clash with Kilmarnock on Saturday.
The Saints have even won four of six appearances, including a 3-0 cup win over Hibernian at Hampden Park and a goalless stalemate with Aberdeen here at this venue, as they’ve been able to compete with sides in the top four of the table of late.
Still, St. Johnstone have lost seven of 10 winless league encounters with the top four over the course of the season, but they were level at the break in eight of these games, while they led 1-0 at half-time in that recent cup clash with Hibs.
Of the 11 clashes with top-four sides in total, only three saw them go down by more than a single goal over 90 minutes, suggesting Celtic will have their work cut out to establish dominance.
Indeed, the Hoops have led at half time in under half of their away league trips this season, including just three of seven when visiting bottom-half sides.
St. Johnstone +1 Asian Handicap
Across all competitions, Celtic have won to nil in a whopping nine of 10 clashes with St. Johnstone since 2018/19.
However, their defensive record this term leaves a lot to be desire and in fact, the exception came in a 1-1 draw when these two last met back in December.
Meanwhile, St. Johnstone have failed to score in just four out of 16 league matches since November, with two of those against runaway leaders Rangers and the other two in goalless stalemates.
Given Celtic have won by more than a single goal in just three of nine appearances in 2021, the hosts look worthy of being backed on the handicap.