Rangers vs Celtic
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 12:30 UK / 13:30 CET
Venue: Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow).
A real buzz is expected in and around Ibrox on Saturday when Rangers and Celtic are set to battle each other in their final action of 2018.
Bragging right won’t be the only thing on stage as teams are separated by only three points at the very top of the standings coming into the Old Firm derby.
The Hoops are in the driving seat, though. They escaped on a three-point cushion thanks to a thrilling 3-4 victory over Aberdeen on Boxing Day, taking advantage of Rangers’ slip-up in the home tie with the Hibs.
The Hoops also have a game in hand on arch-rivals, meaning a win here could potentially close the title race.
Scott Sinclair was the hero of the mentioned win over the Dons on Wednesday. He completed a hat-trick at Pittodrie to help the reigning champions snatch their third successive league win.
Celtic are indeed flying high coming into the Old Firm as they notched at least three goals in all of past three Premiership outings.
Can they maintain such fabulous attacking form against fierce rivals in the first game of Saturday’s Premiership schedule?
Rangers vs Celtic: Head-to-head
Celtic completely dominated this match-up in the most recent history.
They won ten and drew two of past twelve encounters with the Gers.
Rangers did not score a single goal in past three Old Firm derbies (0-10 goal difference along the way).
Rangers vs Celtic: Prediction
The hosts were so unlucky to drop two points on Wednesday when they shipped the 86th-minute equalizer against Hibernian at Ibrox.
League’s top scorer Alfredo Morelos previously took his tally to 12 when he broke the deadlock halfway through the first half.
Steven Gerrard’s men thus won two and drew two of past four league affairs and a potential defeat here could mean farewell to their title ambitions.
Gerrard will rely on a fine home form here as Rangers won seven, drew two and lost one of ten league matches at Ibrox this term (27-6 goal difference).
The hosts were very tough to break down of late and we expect them to be a tough nut to crack for the leaders here.
Given the importance of the match, the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be just the way to go at the odds of 1.80.
Rangers vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Rangers or Draw @ 1.83 (5/6).