Hamilton Academical, Football

Hamilton Academical

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New Douglas Park

08/04/2018 | 12:30 pm

Celtic

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New Douglas Park

08/04/2018 | 12:30 pm

In a sentence: Hamilton host runaway leaders Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership preview.

Last time: Brendan Rodgers’ side won in the last edition of this match-up at Celtic Park. Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring 13 minutes in, only for Daniel Redmond to equalise soon after. The game didn’t remain level for long however, as James Forrest and Scott Sinclair both found the back of the net before half-time.

This time: Hamilton are 18/1 to win, Celtic are 1/5 and a draw is 6/1 in football betting tips for the weekend.

You might remember: Hamilton’s last win against the Hoops in 2014, when Ali Crawford blasted in from 18 yards to give the Accies their first win at Celtic Park in 76 years.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Brendan Rodgers has led Celtic to a 10-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and the Hoops will expect to secure another three points at Hamilton on Sunday

With the top six decided, this match seems something of a dead rubber for Hamilton, who are 13 points behind sixth-placed Hearts. However, the Accies now have to start thinking about stage two, and a strong performance against Celtic would be a great way to prepare.

Hamilton are 18/1 to win, with less than half the points tally of Celtic after 31 games played. The Accies have lost three in a row and haven’t won in a month, meaning a win on Sunday would go against all Premiership predictions.

Celtic are 1/5 to win, and have a wealth of attacking options at their disposal. Griffiths’ return puts pressure on Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard, who have been thriving in his absence. Rodger’s side are nursing a 10-point lead atop the league table, and are overwhelming favourites in the weekend football predictions.

A draw is 6/1 and surprisingly, Celtic have succumbed to this result twice in the last three games. Although Gordon will have been happy to record his 100th clean sheet, Griffiths has struggled to find his shooting boots in his pursuit of 100 goals.

Griffiths is 8/11 to score anytime and has been begging Rodgers for more game time to prove his fitness. The striker has yet to score since returning from injury, but may be handed his first start as a reaction to their failure to score against Dundee. If Griffiths is able to rediscover his form, he should return to the forefront of football bet tips and predictions as the season reaches its climax.

David Templeton is 15/2 to score anytime, and in the absence of Imrie is the Accies’ undisputed top scorer. Despite playing on the right wing, Templeton has scored three times in his last five games, and may find space in behind Scott Sinclair.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Stuart Armstrong. The central midfielder stood out in Celtic’s 3-0 defeat over Ross County, scoring his side’s second. Goals aren’t Armstrong’s strongpoint, and he has looked more effective in central midfield rather than his more advanced natural position. With just one year left on his contract come the summer, he may well be playing for a move, and he’s 9/4 to score anytime.

2

We fancy:

Celtic to win to nil at 5/6. Gordon will be full of confidence after his triumphant return and Rodgers should have his side scoring again.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Charly Musonda is 8/1 to score first. The on-loan winger has struggled for game time since joining Celtic, but may get a start to give the likes of Scott Sinclair a rest.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.