Celtic

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Hampden Park

19/05/2018 | 3:00 pm

Motherwell

V

Hampden Park

19/05/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Celtic bid for back-to-back domestic trebles as they take to the field at Hampden Park, but they won’t have it all their own way against a Motherwell side out for revenge for their 2011 Scottish Cup Final defeat at the hands of the Bhoys.

Last time: Motherwell earned a creditable draw when the pair met in the Scottish Premiership in March. A 0-0 may normally be considered drab but the game had plenty of action culminating in a red card for Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre.   

This time: Celtic are 1/4 to win with Motherwell at 10/1 and the draw 19/4.

You might remember: The pair met in the cup final as recently as 2011, in a game the Bhoys dominated from start to finish. Ki Sung-Yeung got the action underway for Celtic and strikes from Stephen Craigan and Charlie Mulgrew only compounded the Steelmen’s misery.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Brendan Rodgers is looking to lead Celtic to a second successive domestic treble against Motherwell when they meet in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday

History awaits Celtic if they can overcome a stubborn Motherwell side to claim back-to-back domestic trebles. Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops have once again shown they are the dominant force in Scottish football and it will take a mammoth effort to knock them off that perch. Motherwell have a chance on Saturday and despite being overwhelming underdogs, our Scottish Cup predictions give the Well at least an outside shot.

Celtic are 1/4 to win and that is hardly surprising. The Bhoys have 37 Scottish Cups to their name and have only lost once to Motherwell in their last 19 meetings, making anything other than a Celtic win a huge shock with the football predictions backing the Hoops for title number 38.  

Motherwell are 10/1 to win and at that price are worth an outside bet. The Steelmen have won the competition twice before but not since 1991 and did lose the final to Celtic in 2011. However, a solid 0-0 draw against the Bhoys in March despite being reduced to 10 men means Motherwell could be a solid if unlikely outside tip in today’s football betting tips for the weekend.    

The draw is 19/4. It seems Motherwell’s only hope of winning may be dragging this one all the way to penalties and today’s football prediction is that Motherwell will set up for the draw at the 90-minute mark. However, as only one cup final has gone to extra-time this century, the better football score predictions are for a match winner inside the distance.

Over 3.5 goals is 6/4 and goals galore is expected in this Scottish Cup preview. There have been some high-scoring contests in recent years between the two including a 5-1, a 5-0, and a 7-0 making one of the best football betting tips to back plenty of goalmouth action.

A goal before 25 minutes is 5/6 and that is one of the best football predictions for this game. The last two cup finals have seen a goal scored in the opening 10 minutes and considering the number of goals that have been involved in matches between the pair, you may as well get an early winning bet.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Celtic to be in the lead at the break. In two of the last three Scottish Cup finals involving Celtic, the Bhoys have led at the break. That to happen again is 4/6 and a great way to get early value.

2

We fancy:

Celtic to win and both teams to score at 15/8. This result is undoubtedly the best way to get value on the inevitable Hoops win. The bet does rely on the Well finding the back of the net, but as they have scored in five of their last six matches, expect Motherwell to give Celtic something to think about in the game.

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It’s a long shot, but...

Motherwell to win on penalties is 25/1. No doubt Well head coach Stephen Robinson will know that if his side are going to win, they are going to have to level the playing field and penalties will do just that.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!