St Johnstone - Celtic Betting Preview: Visitors should stroll against struggling Saints

Neil Lennon's side travel to McDiarmid Park on Saturday looking for all three points and Willie Duncan is backing the Hoops to see off the challenge from Steve Lomas' strugglers
Celtic were in stuttering form before the international break but Neil Lennon’s men will hope to hit the ground running when the Scottish Premier League resumes this weekend by taking all three points when the Hoops visit McDiarmid Park to face St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon.

Celtic are hot favourites to retain their Scottish Premier League title this season and are also strongly fancied to see off Saints on Saturday with PanBet making Neil Lennon’s men 47/100 (1.47) shots to pick up all three points this weekend.

St Johnstone made the top six of the Scottish Premier League last season and qualified for the Europa League but Saints have had a dismal start to the season, collecting just two points from their opening five league fixtures.

Their preparation for this match has been disrupted by illness, with training cancelled on Thursday after no fewer than seven first-team players complained of suffering from a bug.

Subsequently, Steve Lomas’ side are chalked up at 15/2 (8.50) with PanBet to secure their first win of the season against the Hoops. The same firm go 17/5 (4.40) that the match ends in a draw.

The Hoops scored four goals in seeing off Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their last away game and will feel confident of picking up a comfortable victory over a St Johnstone side which has managed just two goals thus far this season.

Given Saints’ considerable problems in front of goal, the 3/4 (1.75) quote from PanBet for the Hoops (-1) in the handicap betting looks to be outstanding value here while the 7/5 (2.40) quote for Neil Lennon’s side (-1.5) with the same firm is also hugely tempting.

The shot-shy Saints are unlikely to trouble the Hoops and the 7/5 (2.40) quote from PanBet for Celtic to win to nil also appeals.

Those seeking greater value will be tempted by the 9/1 (10.0) on offer from PanBet for Celtic to win 3-0. However, the 67/10 (7.70) for the Hoops to win 2-0 looks to be a much likelier outcome and should be snapped up.

Celtic (-1.5) at 7/5 (2.40) with PanBet
Celtic to win 2-0 at 67/10 (7.70) with PanBet

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

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