Dundee United - Celtic Betting Preview: Back goals at both ends when Hoops travel to Tayside

Neil Lennon's men heroically qualified for the group stages of the Champions League in midweek and our tipster expects another victory for the Scottish champions on Saturday
Celtic will look to extend their unbeaten start to the Scottish league season when they travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoops showed great tenacity last week as they battled back from two goals down to force a point against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.

Neil Lennon's men also come into this match buoyed by a stunning 3-0 victory in midweek against Shakhter Karagandy, which ensured Celtic's participation in the group stages of the Champions League.

It comes as little surprise, then, that Celtic are warm favourites at just 11/20 (1.55) with William Hill to claim all three points on Tayside.

Dundee United made a slow start to the campaign but a thumping 4-0 victory over St Johnstone followed by a battling 3-2 win against Dumbarton in the League Cup in midweek suggests that the Terrors may be starting to find their form.

Fomer Celtic defender Jackie McNamara is in charge at Tannadice and his side are chalked up at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill to shock the Hoops while the same firm go 14/5 (3.80) that the match ends in stalemate.

Kris Commons showed again in the midweek fixture against Shakhter why he is a popular selection in the first scorer market.

The former Derby County midfielder opened the scoring with a stunning strike on Wednesday and the 29-year-old is available at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill to break the deadlock this weekend.

Dundee United will hope that forward David Goodwillie, now in his second spell at United, can test the Celtic defence and the 24-year-old forward is decent value at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill to open the scoring at Tannadice.

Celtic have looked fragile at the back on a few occasions this season and, with United having notched seven goals in their last two outings, Neil Lennon's side could be tested again this weekend.

Therefore, the 4/6 (1.67) quote from William Hill for both teams to score, whilst short, appears to be a solid selection.

Better value, though, may lie in backing the Hoops to win a game in which both sides score at a juicy 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill.

Both teams to score and Celtic to win at 9/4 (3.25) 2pts with William Hill Kris Commons to score first at 9/2 (5.50) 1pt with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter.