Celtic can capitalise on managerless Motherwell in latest meeting
On both of the last two occasions Celtic have clashed with Motherwell, the match ended in a score draw. Since then, however, the Fir Park outfit sacked manager Stuart McCall and are yet to name a replacement.
Starting the weekend two points from the foot of the Scottish Premiership table, home side Well are 15/2 chances with Coral to upset the Bhoys, as they did on two occasions in 2013. The Glasgow giants are odds-on 1/3 favourites for victory here, with a draw priced at 4/1.
Motherwell, who have the unfortunate nickname of ‘Dossers’, have fallen on hard times. McCall was unable to get them through to the Europa League proper and, having won just twice under him all season in any competition, he was dismissed more than a month ago. Well have only recorded one further victory since.
The Fir Park hierarchy insist they are stepping up their search, though it’s too late to do anything ahead of this encounter with Ronny Deila’s men. Making any sort of case for managerless Motherwell is very difficult, but Estonia forward Henrik Ojamaa is an 11/4 anytime scorer chance following goals in back-to-back games.
John Sutton, meanwhile, brother of ex-Celtic striker Chris, has three in his last two outings in this fixture. He is the same price to net again here, and an 8/1 shot to net the opener.
Kris Commons has a fantastic recent record against the Dossers, and is back from a knee injury. The Bhoys midfielder has struck six times in his last five when previously paired with opposition, and is an even-money anytime chance.
Highly-rated Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, is a set piece threat Motherwell need to worry about. He’s scored three times in the last two going into this one, so is 7/2 to be on target for another consecutive game.
Manchester City loanee John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes are Bhoys boss Deila’s preferred strike pairing, with 17 goals between them. Both are odds-on at 8/11 and 10/11 respectively in the anytime market, so are well worth punts to score first at 3/1 and 7/2.