Celtic vs Rangers
Scotland – Premiership
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.
It’s time for the first Old Firm in the new season as Rangers are hoping to narrow the gap between them and bitter rivals and make the Glasgow derby as interesting as possible once again. Steven Gerrard is about to experience the Old Form atmosphere for the first time as the Gers coach. Can he make it count against the reigning champions?
We’d say the derby comes at a tricky period for Celtic who’ve revealed plenty of signs of vulnerability at the start of the new season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men suffered an early Champions League elimination to Greek AEK Athens in the third qualifying round and they’ve already slipped up in the domestic league, falling 1-0 away at Hearts in the second round.
The atmosphere was slightly improved with the narrow 1-0 victory over Hamilton Academical last weekend at Celtic Park, but the general situation is far from ideal among the Hoops ahead of the biggest game Scottish football has to offer.
Celtic vs Rangers: Head-to-head
- Celtic were the dominant force in the most recent history of head to head clashes with the Gers.
- The Bhoys won six and drew one of past seven encounters against Rangers.
- The Gers have a devastating 0-9 goal difference in past two outings against Celtic.
- The Bhoys bagged three or more goals in each of last three Old Fir derbies.
Celtic vs Rangers: Prediction
Rodgers will likely be without the French striker Odsonne Edouard who enjoyed a fine spell of form in Champions League qualifications.
Moussa Dembele should thus lead the line, but the weakened and out-of-form attacking line of Celtic might face troubles breaking the stern defensive line of the Gers down here.
The visitors conceded just one goal in four games before a 3-3 draw to Motherwell last weekend in what was the weirdest of all Premiership fixtures so far in the season.
Gerrard could park the bus and wait for Alfredo Morelos or Kyle Lafferty to try and do the job at the other end.
This actually might prove out to be a strategy for success as we expect it to bring a low-scoring contest knowing about Celtic’s recent attacking woes.
Our top bets will thus be Under 2.5 goals FT at 2.00 and Celtic not to score more than two goals on the afternoon at 2.10.
Celtic vs Rangers: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00 (1/1)
Celtic Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.10 (11/10).