Motherwell - Celtic Betting Preview: Lennon's men can get amongst the goals at Fir Park

The Scottish champions fired seven past Hearts in the Scottish Cup last weekend and Willie Duncan is backing the Hoops to cruise past Stuart McCall's side on Friday night
After experiencing contrasting fortunes in last weekend’s Scottish Cup action, Motherwell welcome Celtic to Fir Park in the Scottish Premiership on Friday night.

Stuart McCall’s men suffered the humiliation of a 1-0 defeat against League Two side Albion Rovers on Saturday and the former Rangers midfielder will be desperate to see his side return to form for the visit of the Scottish champions.

Celtic enjoyed a thumping 7-0 victory over Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle and Neil Lennon’s side are chalked up at 8/15 (1.53) with William Hill to claim all three points against the Steelmen.

Motherwell suffered a 4-0 reverse at the hands of Dundee United in their last home match and are available at 5/1 (6.0) with William Hill to bounce back against the Hoops, while the draw is chalked up at 16/5 (4.20) with the same firm.

Celtic were in scintillating form against Hearts last weekend and, should Lennon’s side repeat that performance here, there is no doubt that they will prove to be too strong for McCall’s men.

The Hoops have led at half-time in four of their last five away league matches and can be backed at an appealing 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill to seize the initiative in the first half of Friday’s clash, while the 13/10 (2.30) quote from the same firm for Lennon’s men to lead at both half-time and full-time offers outstanding value here.

Five of the last six matches between these sides have seen at least three goals scored and, given that Mothwerwell’s seven league matches on home turf this term have produced 20 goals, there is value in backing three or more goals at a tempting 7/10 (1.70) here, albeit the price is a little on the short side, despite the statistics suggesting it would be a solid option.

Celtic have notched 16 goals in their eight league matches on the road so far this season and the chunky 16/5 (4.20) quote for the Hoops to score at least twice in the first half offers value for those looking to back bigger prices.

Celtic to lead at half-time and full-time at 13/10 (2.30) 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

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