Celtic v Rangers Betting: More derby success for Brendan Rodgers' side

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The home side have been the dominant force north of the border of late and our tipster thinks that the 'Gers may struggle against the Hoops on Sunday

Celtic play host to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon. Brendan Rodgers' men have met the 'Gers on three occasions so far this season, with the Hoops coming out on top in all three fixtures. Celtic claimed a crushing 5-1 win when these sides last locked horns in the east end of Glasgow.

The Hoops have a 27 point lead at the top of the table - they are 33 points clear of Rangers in third place - and have claimed 22 consecutive wins in the league since being held to a 2-2 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle back in September - the only occasion on which the Hoops have dropped points in the Scottish top flight this season.

Rangers Celtic Kenny Miller

Given Celtic's remarkable domestic dominance, it is of little surprise that bet365 offer just 1/3 (1.34) that the Hoops secure a 23rd successive league victory; the same firm offer 7/1 (8.0) that the 'Gers inflict a first domestic defeat of the season on their bitter rivals, while the draw can be backed at 17/4 (5.25) with bet365.

Rangers are still looking for a permanent successor to Mark Warburton, who parted company with the Ibrox club last month, but the side from Govan set up a Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic in spectacular style by hammering Hamilton Academical 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition last weekend.

Caretaker boss Graeme Murty, who looks set to remain in the dugout on Sunday irrespective of whether a new boss is appointed before kick-off,  will be hoping for another big performance from his team; the odds compilers offer 10/11 (1.91) that both teams are on target and that price could offer value for punters, given that Rangers have scored in their last 15 games in all competitions.

GFX FACT CELTIC V RANGERS

Furthermore, both sides have strikers who can point to a proud record in this fixture; Celtic's Moussa Dembele, the leading marksman in the Scottish Premiership this season, has scored five goals in just three games against the 'Gers, while veteran Rangers striker Kenny Miller has been on target in six of his last seven league appearances against the Hoops.

Celtic, however, have shown impressive defensive discipline in the Scottish Premiership this season, conceding just 16 goals in 27 games; the odds continue offer 5/4 (2.25) that the Hoops keep a clean sheet here - a selection that would have landed in six of Celtic's seven league games in 2017.

Better value, though, could lie in backing the Hoops to win by more than a single goal at 20/21 (1.95) with bet365; the selection would have seen punters profit from all but one of Celtic's last eight games and, given the enormous gulf in quality between Rodgers' men and the rest in Scotland this term, the 20/21 (1.95) quote could offer punters a path to profit ahead of Sunday's showdown.

Celtic (-1) at 20/21 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with bet365

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