St Mirren-Celtic Betting Preview: Goals galore expected in Sunday's clash

Neil Lennon's men are cruising towards the Scottish Premier League title and Willie Duncan expects a high-scoring game when they visit Danny Lennon's St Mirren
Celtic have a commanding lead at the top of the SPL and Neil Lennon’s side will hope to take another step towards the defence of their title when they travel to Paisley to take on Danny Lennon’s St Mirren on Sunday afternoon.

The Hoops came from 3-1 down to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory over Aberdeen in their last Premier League clash and are favourites with BetVictor at 1/2 (1.50) to claim all three points from the Sunday lunchtime clash.

Danny Lennon’s men, though, will come into this match on a high following their 3-2 Scottish League Cup final victory over Heart of Midlothian last time out – a result which secured St Mirren’s first piece of silverware in 25 years.

The Saints are available at a chunky 7/1 (8.0) with BetVictor to stun Celtic this weekend, while the same firm offer 18/5 (4.60) that the match ends in stalemate.

There has been no fewer than 15 goals in the four meetings between the sides thus far this season. Those meetings include a resounding 5-0 win for the Hoops at Paisley back in October, while St Mirren edged a five-goal thriller when the sides met in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in January and, therefore, there is value in backing goals when these two sides meet again.

It is worth noting that Celtic have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions and, with that in mind, the 9/10 (1.90) quote from BetVictor for both teams to hit the target represents outstanding value here and should be snapped up eagerly by punters.

St Mirren’s Esmael Goncalves has scored an impressive six goals in 11 games since joining the club on loan from Rio Ave – including two against Celtic – and those seeking extra value from this game should take BetVictor’s generous 17/4 (5.25) quote for the 21-year-old striker to hit the net at any time during what promises to be an entertaining clash on Sunday.

Both teams to score at 9/10 (1.90) with BetVictor
Esmael Goncalves to score at any time at 17/4 (5.25) with BetVictor

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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