Champions Celtic are back in action on Sunday, as Neil Lennon’s side welcome Motherwell to Celtic Park. The Hoops were rocked by their Champions League exit on Wednesday, which won’t help their preparations for this match, so will that give the Well a glimmer of hope this weekend?
Where and when: Celtic Park – 30 August, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Celtic vs. Motherwell: Celtic TV (Non-UK subscribers)
Last time: Odsonne Edouard opened and closed the scoring, with Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor both also on target as Celtic beat Motherwell 4-0 at Fir Park in early February.
Celtic v Motherwell Predictions and Preview
Celtic are unbeaten in their last 17 games against Motherwell, a run which stretches back to late 2015. The Bhoys have won each of the last five meetings between the clubs, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding only three. Even with their Champions League defeat in midweek, you’d still expect the Scottish champions to pick up the win this weekend.
Ferencvaros proved too stern a test at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, ending the Bhoys’ chances of playing in Europe’s premier club competition once again. Celtic will be downbeat, but they have three full days off to recover before this fixture. The Hoops should also be well rested after they had two games postponed due to Boli Bolignoli’s much-publicised indiscretions.
Those postponements mean Celtic have only played three Premiership games heading into this weekend’s fixture, winning two and drawing the other away to Kilmarnock. Motherwell, on the other hand, have failed to win any of their opening five matches, with draws against Hibernian and Livingston the best they’ve managed so far.
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Celtic to win to nil
Celtic to win 3-0
Celtic to win and over 4.5 goals
Well manager Stephen Robinson is desperate for a win, and how he’d love to pick up his first of the season against the champions. Looking at recent meetings between these sides though, the gulf in class and their starts to the new campaign, that doesn’t appear likely. Indeed, the Steelmen are out at a massive 30/1 for the win with some bookmakers.
Celtic, meanwhile, are priced at 1/7, so there’s little value on them in the outright market. After keeping clean sheets in each of their last two games against Motherwell, a Celtic win to nil could be a good way to enhance your odds on the home victory. That’s priced at 4/9 in your latest Celtic v Motherwell predictions, while the draw is available at 41/5.
One to watch for Celtic: Odsonne Edouard scored a brace the last time these teams met, including the opener, and already has three goals in three Premiership games this season. He is well worth a look for the first goal on Sunday.
One to watch for Motherwell: Sherwin Seedorf is a distant relative of Dutch legend and former Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter and Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf. There are high hopes for the younger Seedorf, who’s yet to score in five games so far this term, but could be worth considering in the anytime market here.
Long shot: Celtic have beaten Motherwell 4-0 and 2-0 in their last two games against the Steelmen. We’re splitting those two results down the middle for our correct score prediction for this game, with a 3-0 Hoops victory available at 11/2. You could try adding Edouard as the first scorer to bump up the odds even further.