Scottish champions Celtic arguably face their toughest domestic challenge yet this season as they host St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Saturday. Both clubs have maintained their perfect start to the season, and currently, the Hoops are better off than their opponents only by a solitary goal on goal difference.
The Hoops have registered wins over Hearts, Patrick Thistle and Kilmarnock this season while they have also qualified to the group stages of Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ men travelled all the way to Kazakhstan for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier and such a long trip might impact Hoops’ preparation ahead of the game on Saturday.
Celtic were given a scare by Astana on Tuesday as they suffered a 3-4 defeat. In the end, they won the tie 4-8 on aggregate, but the game in Eastern Europe definitely exposed their makeshift defence. This must have provided encouragement to the visitors, who are also the last Scottish side to have defeated Celtic.
However, that win came in May 2016, and since then the Bhoys have been undefeated at the domestic front. The Saints have scored in four of their last five trips at Celtic Park, and the last game between the two sides at the stadium ended in a 4-1 win for the Celts.
Celtic vs St Johnstone – Match Facts
The Saints have scored in their last ten games and on eight of their last nine away days. They have also scored eight goals in their last six meetings with Celtic.
Both sides are the highest scorers in the league with seven goals each after three rounds of games.
Celtic vs St Johnstone – Match odds
The visitors might manage to score a goal against the champions, but we can’t see anything other than a home win in this game. The Bhoys are available at 2/11 odds at Skybet. A draw can get you odds up to 7/1 while an away win is almost impossible at 20/11 odds. Our preview is backing a comfortable home win as our prediction.
Celtic vs St Johnstone – Correct Score odds
A 2-0 home win is the most likely result at 5/1 odds. Although, in our preview, we are backing a 3-1 home win as our prediction. Betvictor are providing bets odds of 12/1 for our tip.
Celtic vs St Johnstone – Both Teams to Score odds
As mentioned previously in our preview, we are backing both sides to score at 17/11 odds at 10Bet as our prediction.
Celtic vs St Johnstone – Anytime Goalscorer odds
Leigh Griffiths is the favourite to score at 8/11 odds, but our preview has picked Scott Sinclair as our prediction. You can get the best odds of 5/4 for our betting tip at Paddypower.