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Green machine to roll on

Frank Monkhouse | 5 February 2017

Nice price picked out in St Johnstone vs Celtic

The Sky Sports cameras set-up at McDiarmid Park on Sunday afternoon as defending Scottish Premiership champions Celtic travel to the challenge of locals St Johnstone from 12.30pm. We look to profit from proceedings.

The Bhoys racked up their 22nd win of the season in midweek when beating Aberdeen 1-0 in Glasgow. Dedryck Boyata scored the only goal of the game, heading home from a Scott Sinclair free-kick on 57-minutes to end Aberdeen’s resistance.

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Boyata scorecast at a massive price

Boyata a big price

Followers of the Scottish top-flight will recall that result was Celtic’s second 1-0 win in three matches, and the second which Boyata headed in the winner. Coral are offering followers of the trends an impressive 70/1 on that outcome again, backing Boyata 1-0 in the scorecast market. That may be worth a little interest, considering it would have been a winning bet when Celtic last played St Johnstone.

These sides have met twice already during this campaign, with Brendan Rodgers’ side winning each, 4-2 at McDiarmid Park then 1-0 in Glasgow’s east end. With their season record reading 22 wins and one draw from 23 starts, it doesn’t pay to take The Hoops on, and you won’t get them at much of a price this year, but Coral traders do appear to have cut punters a bit of slack. If you expect the green machine to roll on, back them at 4/9. That looks well worth a bet!

Fans are already talking up 10-in-a-row, as Celtic continue to dominate and Rangers look unlikely of challenging domestically.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership

Saints capable of scoring

St Johnstone have ambitions of their own and enter the round level on points with Hearts in fourth-place. Tommy Wright’s Saints set-up for this one looking to seal a hat-trick, following wins over Hamilton and Partick, both without conceding a goal. That defence will be tested to the max here, but home fans couldn’t have wished for better preparation.

The hosts scored two goals when last welcoming Celtic to this arena, on-route to a 4-2 defeat, and they go at 15/4 with us to score at least two again here. That would rate as a bit of an upset however, given the way Celtic have been defending.

Bet of the match, for me, looks to be both teams to score and Celtic to win at a handy 23/10. Both have scored in four of the last six matches involving St Johnstone and Celtic, and we can’t oppose the league leaders, so the bet makes perfect sense.

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