St. Mirren vs Celtic
Scotland – Premiership
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Mirren Park (Paisley)
Celtic will be looking to rack up their 11th consecutive win when they travel to Paisley and meet rejuvenated St. Mirren in Thursday night’s Premiership clash.
St. Mirren vs Celtic: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (39 games): St. Mirren 3 wins, 3 draws, Celtic 33 wins.
- St. Mirren have 3-2-15 record at home versus The Celts.
- Hosts have failed to keep a clean sheet in last three confrontations v Celtic.
- They’ve also failed to find the net in last four clashes with Glasgow side.
- The Bhoys are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run v St. Mirren.
- Guests have won last three times these teams met.
- They were also first to score in eight outta last ten encounters.
St. Mirren vs Celtic: Prediction
The Buddies were out of luck last Saturday, only getting a point off St. Johnstone in a game they’ve dominated. Still, this was 3rd game in a row for Paisley side where they’ve avoided a defeat, a novelty for Jim Goodwin’s team.
Sitting on a 9th step of Premiership’s ladder, things could get really ugly really fast should St. Mirren revert back to their pre-December form as The Saints are only point away from Hamilton and relegation playoffs place.
Twelve out of their sixteen points, St. Mirren have won at home ground. Sadly, they’re without a win here since last week of November; two losses and a draw followed as Goodwin’s men fought Livingston and got back from 3-1 to a respectable draw.
Nothing new can be said for The Celts, as an undisputed ruler of Scotland is crushing everything and everyone in their way, with Aberdeen as their latest victim.
With sixteen wins from eighteen games, Neil Lennon’s team is the top dog of Scottish football. Only Steven Gerrard and his Rangers threatens them but even them are five points away (with a game in hand, though).
While boasting 100% record at home, Celtic did drop points on two occasions while playing away from Celtic Park as Hibernian and Livingston got the better off them.
Kyle McAllister, Gary MacKenzie and Kirk Broadfoot are MIA for Thursday’s game.
With Celtic, things are bit more complicated. Jozo Šimunović, Daniel Arzani and Scott Bain are out till foreseeable future while the waters are murky with Hatem Elhamed and Jack Hendry. Kouassi Eboue is back in training but due to severity of his injury, he won’t be back on the pitch just yet.
Despite their recent uprising, Celtic should be making a quick work of St. Mirren as Old Firm is just a behind the corner. Lennon’s side is vastly superior and is expected to win comfortably. So let’s go with Asian Handicap on this one.
Also, with that in mind, I’d go for more goals in first half. Most of the Celts away games this season follow the same script; they score early on, got another on score sheet as first half winds down and then they just see the game out.
St. Mirren vs Celtic: Betting tips
Asian Handicap +1.5 @ 1.60
Half with Most Goals: 1st Half @ 3.00.